There are many different types of road traffic accidents that happen all over the UK every day. In fact, over a year somewhere in the region of 500,000 happen – nearly 200,000 of them involving serious injuries or fatalities.
When someone tells you they have been in a road traffic accident, the first thought is a car crash, but it could be:
- A motorbike accident where the rider is thrown from their bike by a pothole
- A bus running into a pedestrian
- A heavy goods vehicle losing control and hitting several other road users
- A cyclist having a car door opened on them, knocking them off their bike, possibly into oncoming traffic
These are just a few examples of how a road accident in York, or anywhere else, could happen and result in serious injuries. If you are involved in any road accident in York, if the accident was not your fault and your injuries required medical attention, you may be entitled to claim compensation, providing the accident happened no more than three years ago.
Claiming compensation for a road accident in York
If you find yourself in the situation where you can make a personal injury compensation claim for a road accident in York, it is advisable to make the claim as soon as you can.
It appears that claims that are made sooner after the event, have more chance of success. This may be because the evidence is more readily accepted while everything is fresh in everyone’s mind.
At Accident Advice Helpline we will provide you with a quick and efficient service when making your claim for compensation after a road accident in York, and if you have gathered together all the evidence you can, this can only speed things up.
The evidence that helps
Gathering all the information needed to make your claim will make the whole process quicker and less stressful for you, as we will not have to keep bothering you for the details.
Who was to blame for the accident is obviously important, but also the names and contact details of any witnesses is useful. Medical reports for your injuries and the prospects for your future health can all affect the amount you are awarded.
When a road accident involves injuries, the police should be called and they will compile an accident report. A copy of this report can be vital when making a claim, as it often apportions the blame for the accident.
As part of your claim you will be able to recoup any extra costs and losses you have had to bear because of the accident, but you will need proof of the payments and any reduction in your income. Receipts and wages slips are the best, but if you do not have these, perhaps credit card statements for payments and a letter from your employer confirming the reduced income.
Contacting Accident Advice Helpline
Once you have all the information together, contact Accident Advice Helpline either through the website’s 30-second test, or on their freephone number – 0800 180 4123.
Whichever you choose, you will speak to friendly claims experts who will advise you of the best way forward with your personal injury claim.
Date Published: 16th March 2014
Author: David Brown