Accidents on our roads
Road accidents occur on a daily basis and involve a range of people, including:
- People in cars
- Motorcycle riders
People in cars are protected by a range of safety features including seat belts, air bags, and improved vehicle construction, although they are still injured on a regular basis. Motorcycle riders, cyclists and pedestrians are more likely to be injured, and their injuries are more likely to be serious.
Injuries can range from minor injuries such as cuts and bruises, to more serious injuries such as head, neck and back injuries, and injuries resulting in permanent damage.
Can I make a road accident claim in the UK following an accident?
If you have been involved in a road accident within the last three years you may be able to make a claim for compensation. It is important to note that although the claim must be started within three years, you should start the claim process as early as possible. It takes time to do the preparation work required to make a claim. You may need to get information from other people who were involved.
Your claim for compensation will include an amount for your pain and suffering, but it can also include amounts for out-of-pocket expenses and any wages you lost as a result of the accident.
You can find out whether you can make a road accident claim UK by taking the unique 30-second online test at Accident Advice Helpline’s website.
How much compensation will I receive?
The amount of compensation varies, and no two cases are the same. A road accident UK claim involving a minor injury may end up being settled for a few hundred pounds, but if it involves more serious injuries it may end up being settled for many thousands of pounds.
The current record for the highest amount of compensation paid is £23 million following a road accident in Gloucestershire in 2009. The average amount of compensation in UK personal injury claims at the moment is in the region of £5,000.
How to make a road accident claim UK
Although you can make a claim on your own, you stand a better chance of getting the compensation that you deserve by enlisting the help of a professional law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline.
We have many specialist personal injury solicitors and over ten years of experience in helping people make compensation claims. We deal with most claims by telephone, and you do not usually need to attend court. However, you may need to attend a medical assessment to find out how badly you were injured in the accident.
You can call us free of charge on 0800 689 0500 – or from your mobile 0333 500 0993 – to speak to one of our friendly staff about any aspect of your road accident claim UK, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
Date Published: 9th June 2013
Author: David Brown