If you have recently been involved in car, bicycle or motorbike accident as a driver, passenger or pedestrian you could be due financial compensation via a road traffic accident claim in the UK.
Common questions asked by people interested in filing these types of claims are listed below for your information.
How do I Know if I am eligible to claim?
Every accident is different, and in some cases there are special circumstances, but generally if your case meets the following criteria you can make a road traffic accident claim in the UK:
- Your accident must have taken place within the past three years;
- It must have been caused by the error or carelessness of another driver or cyclist; and
- The injuries you sustained must have caused you to seek medical help.
If your case is in line with these conditions then you can get started with a claim. If you are unsure your circumstances fit the above criteria then you should seek further help.
The driver that caused the accident fled the scene, can I still make a claim?
Unfortunately it is not uncommon for a responsible party to leave the scene shortly after causing an accident and although the police may try to trace them they cannot always be found.
In a standard car accident scenario a claim would be put to and negotiated through the responsible driver’s insurance company. If this person cannot be found, however, then a claim can still be made but this would be put to an organisation known as the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
Will I have to attend court?
This varies depending on the exact case. Court appearances are becoming less common in personal injury cases generally and we at Accident Advice Helpline try to avoid them unless it is absolutely necessary. Many of our cases do in fact settle out of court so going to court may be unlikely but unfortunately we cannot offer a guarantee.
Can I claim by myself?
Technically you can file a claim for compensation by yourself but as you can probably tell from the above information the process can be complex, stressful and time-consuming especially if you do not have the relevant knowledge and experience. Also your case will have a much better chance of a successful outcome if you use a legal company to help you.
To find out more about how a professional law firm like Accident Advice Helpline can help with a road traffic accident claim in the UK contact us for free, no-obligation advice.
You can call us on 0800 689 0500, free from a landline or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone (charges may apply) and one of our advisors will be more than happy to answer all of your questions and explain the claims process in full.
If you do not want to go ahead with a claim at the end of a phone call then this is fine. We believe that you must be fully confident and ready before making this decision so we will not pressure you in any way.
Date Published: 31st May 2013
Author: David Brown