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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Road traffic accident claims

    Britain’s roads are getting busier, because we are all busier than ever before. With more congestion and an increased number of commuters, it’s easier than ever before to be injured in an accident on the UK’s roads. Whether you live in a busy city or a rural village, you could be at risk of being injured due to another driver’s negligence – you could even be injured whilst travelling as a passenger in a car. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping members of the public with road traffic accident claims since 2000, and if you’ve been injured, we should be your first point of contact. Despite the fact that there were 45% fewer fatalities on the UK’s roads in 2015 than a decade ago, we still handle a huge number of road traffic accident claims every year, and we could help you to get the compensation you are entitled to if you’ve been injured.

    Why should you choose Accident Advice Helpline?

    With so many personal injury lawyers out there offering assistance with road traffic accident claims, why should you use Accident Advice Helpline to handle your claim? Well:

    • We have been established for over 16 years
    • We offer a 100% no-win, no-fee* service
    • We handle over 25,000 enquiries a month
    • We offer fast results
    • Most claims can be processed over the phone
    • We provide free, confidential expert advice

    We have a great track record of success too, and because our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, we will only take on genuine claims which we feel have an excellent chance of success.

    What kind of injuries can I claim compensation for?

    Some of the most common road traffic accident claims we have dealt with are for relatively minor injuries such as whiplash, broken ribs and cuts and bruises. Whiplash is an injury to the neck which occurs when the head is jolted suddenly forwards and then backwards, usually as the result of a vehicle collision. Whilst it’s a minor injury, it can be painful and for a small minority of people, this can result in chronic pain which lasts for longer than 12 months. Whiplash is the most common injury sustained in road traffic accidents too, with eight out of 10 claims following a car accident being for this type of injury. Improved car safety has undoubtedly reduced the number of road traffic accident claims for more serious injuries that we are seeing each year, but we still handle our fair share of claims for life-changing injuries such as skull fractures, brain injuries and facial injuries.

    Who can make road traffic accident claims?

    You don’t need to be the driver of a vehicle in order to claim compensation after an accident. You could be travelling as a passenger in somebody else’s car and still make a claim if you have suffered injuries that required medical attention. Don’t worry if it was your friend or partner who was at fault for the accident, as their insurance company will cover the cost if you make a claim for compensation. You don’t even need to be travelling in a car at all to be injured on the UK’s roads. Perhaps you were using public transport, crossing the road as a pedestrian, cycling your bike or even riding your motorcycle to a friend’s house when you were injured in an accident. It’s even possible to claim compensation for psychological trauma if you have witnessed a serious crash.

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    How many people are injured in road traffic accidents in the UK?

    Although the number of road traffic accidents in the UK is decreasing year on year, there are still far too many injuries occurring. It’s not just car drivers and passengers who are suffering either. In 2014, 3,090 cyclists suffered serious injuries and 15,684 suffered minor injuries after accidents in the UK. Motorcyclists are one of the most at-risk groups when it comes to accidents on the roads, as a common cause of motorcycle accidents is other drivers failing to see them. This is particularly common at junctions, where drivers of other vehicles will often turn or pull out without checking their mirrors. In 2015, 5,042 motorcyclists were seriously injured in the UK; that’s a rise of 4% on figures from 2013.

    Are you claiming compensation after your child was injured?

    We have handled hundreds of road traffic accident claims from parents whose children have been injured in collisions or accidents in the UK, and if your child has been hurt then we’re here to support you throughout the claims process. Did you know that, according to a new report by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), children aged 12 are at the highest risk of serious injury or death as pedestrians? One in 651 children of this age are reported injured every year. Perhaps your child has escaped with minor injuries after being knocked over on their walk to school, or maybe they have sustained life-changing injuries after they were crossing the road and a driver failed to stop at a red light. Whatever has happened, we can help you with your claim, and you could get an idea of how much compensation you could be entitled to by taking the 30-second test on our website.

    What’s the average compensation for road traffic accident claims?

    It’s hard to say exactly how much compensation you could get after a road traffic accident, as the range of injuries can vary so widely and there are number of different factors that will affect your personal injury award. These can include things like how much time you took off work after your accident, how long you needed to recover from your injuries and what medical treatment you needed. Our 30-second test is designed to give you an idea of how much you could claim, but for advice and answers to all your questions, give Accident Advice Helpline’s advisors a call on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) today.

    Date Published: 13th November 2015

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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