Road traffic incidents or accidents are one of the biggest causes of accidental injury and death here in the UK. The statistics show that the incident rate is slowly falling, but in terms of the numbers of people being killed and injured, it is still too high. The statistics below are taken from a government statistical release, the “Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain dated 7th November 2013, and were for the year ending September 2013.
- 1,730 – Total number of fatalities – 2% decrease on the previous year
- 23,380 – Total number of serious injuries – 6% decrease on the previous year
- 184,410 – Total number of injuries of all severities – 7% drop on the previous year
- 15,730 – Total number of child injuries (all severities) – 11% drop
- 1,990 – Total number of children killed or seriously injured – 15% drop
The above statistics were recorded amidst an overall 1.1% increase in the amount of traffic on the nation’s roads, resulting in a 7% reduction in the casualty rate per billion miles of vehicle travel.
Claiming compensation for injuries sustained in road traffic incidents
If you’ve been injured and have become one of the road traffic incidents statistics, and someone else was to blame, the law says that you are entitled to claim compensation, and Accident Advice Helpline can help you to do so.
Proof you will need to provide
In addition to the fact that someone else must be held responsible for causing the accident, you will also need to be able to substantiate:
- That the incident occurred in the last 3 years
- That you can supply medical proof of the injury you sustained
- That the severity of the injury justifies the raising of a claim
Psychological Injury (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD)
The vast majority of injuries that stem from road traffic incidents are physical, However, some people also suffer from psychological injuries (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), either separately (if perhaps they witnessed a serious accident), or, in addition to a physical injury. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have considerable experience with handling both types of claim.
Establishing how much your claim could be worth
If you are thinking about raising a personal injury claim but you’d like to get an idea of how much compensation you might be awarded, you should visit our website and use our HOW MUCH calculator. You’ll find it on the homepage. It’s a simple process which only takes 30 seconds.
Great customer support
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we pride ourselves in our great customer support. We have a team of experienced advisors standing by ready to help and answer any questions you might have about our ‘no win, no fee’ service. Don’t forget too, that we also have a great recommendation from the well known people’s consumer champion, Dame Esther Rantzen.
Our helpline details
You can reach our helpline by calling 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile. Your call will be treated in confidence.
Date Published: 16th March 2014
Author: David Brown