If you regularly use the roads, you have a basic duty of care to avoid causing injury to your fellow road users. This means that you must behave in a careful, considerate manner at all times.
If you are involved in an accident on the roads, you may look to the rules of the road to file a claim against the careless road user. For example, if the guilty driver was using a mobile phone, driving under the influence of alcohol or breaking the speed limit when his/her vehicle struck your car, you will probably have grounds to claim that the driver failed to exercise due care and attention.
Looking for solicitors in Wrightington to help you claim compensation?
Although we do not have injury solicitors in Wrightington we can still represent you and your claim. This is because we are a national firm that works across the whole of the UK. So if you need injury solicitors in Wrightington look no further than our expert service.
Apportioning the blame for your road traffic accident
If you were behind the wheel at the time of your road traffic accident, you may find it difficult to determine whether you were at fault for your accident. If you think you may have been partly to blame, you should not make an admission of guilt. Instead, collect the names and contact details of the other motorist and call our team of solicitors when you return home. If you are worried about the prospect of running up a large legal bill, cast your fears aside. At Accident Advice Helpline, our legal team work on a 100% no win no fee basis, which means that you can hire our help without putting your personal finances at risk.
If you contributed to your accident in some way, you may still be able to claim compensation from the guilty party. However, you may be forced to accept a reduced compensation settlement. If, for example, you failed to wear your seat belt, the guilty party’s team of solicitors may claim that you were 20% responsible for your injuries and will therefore reduce your compensation settlement by 20%.
Receiving compensation from the guilty party
If you win your claim, you will be entitled to receive two main types of compensation: general damages – for your pain and suffering – and special damages – for your financial losses and expenses. If you have incurred medical treatment charges as a result of your injury, you will therefore be able to recoup the cost of these expenses through your compensation settlement. Similarly, if your injury has forced you to take time off work, you will be able to include the cost of your lost earnings in your claim.
Contacting our solicitors
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Date Published: 27th June 2014
Author: Jan Newell