It can be an embarrassing process if you have to make a claim against a family member or friend who was responsible for a road accident in which you may have suffered injuries. Perhaps surprisingly, this type of accident is quite common in the UK, particularly where the victims are passengers.
Typical scenarios here include road accidents which occur where dad’s taking his teenage son out on a driving lesson, grandma doing a favour ferrying the kids to school and a mate giving you are lift home after work. Vehicle accident claims come in many forms, the extent of the emotions or even bad feelings involved usually being commensurate with the severity of the injuries.
There are always lessons – good and bad – to be learned from negligent driving, but if you find yourself in such a situation, Accident Advice Helpline is here to handle vehicle accident claims as sympathetically and as sensitively as possible.
Vehicle accident claims
Our free-phone line is open seven days a week, and one of our advisers will run through a quick check-list with you that will take no more than half a minute of your time. Alternatively, you can use the simple calculator on Accident Advice Helpline’s website for vehicle accident claims. We can put you in touch with one of our wholly experienced solicitors in vehicle accident claims – we have many throughout the country – and he will guide you through the compensation claim process, he works on a no win, no fee agreement and will attempt to make it as friendly as possible for all parties, given that the eventual defendant is a loved one or is close to you.
Don’t feel bad about claiming
The advice is, don’t feel bad about making a claim. The driver of the vehicle, be he or her a parent or friend, will be insured and it is this which will eventually pay for any compensation claim. In addition, you should be able to get back expenses relating to any financial incumbencies you’re faced with as a result of your injuries – such as lost work income, prescription charges, child care costs and fares travelling to, say, medical treatments. By the way, these extra claims should have no real effect on your friend or family member’s insurance.
Road accident numbers falling
Accident Advice helpline was set up over a decade ago and vehicle accident claims is a large part of what we do as a major UK compensation provider. Although in recent years accidents on our roads and highways have fallen, according to latest figures from the Department of Transport, they still happen of course. When they do, we’re here to help. Our services to the public are backed by our patron TV presenter and consumer watchdog champion, Esther Rantzen.
She points out that where a child (under 18) is victim to road injuries, the standard claim limitation period of 3 years can be extended further in vehicle accident claims. Youngsters are often able to bounce back well from such traumas but can face underlying health problems later on as a result of their injuries, which may not always be apparent to medics at the time of the accident.
Date Published: 22nd January 2013