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How To Use A Car Accident Compensation Claim Calculator

This guide looks at how a car accident compensation claim calculator works to help you estimate a value for your personal injury after a road traffic accident.

We begin this guide by looking at how to use a compensation calculator so that you can get a more accurate result. Closely followed by a look at how compensation for a personal injury claim after a road traffic accident is calculated using two Heads of Loss. 

Also discussed in this guide are the personal injury claim eligibility criteria so you can see whether you are able to submit a car accident claim. We introduce the Whiplash Reform Programme as it may affect how you make your personal injury claim for your car accident.

Additionally, we look at what kinds of injuries you may have suffered and examples of how a third party’s actions could cause these injuries.


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How To Use A Car Accident Compensation Claim Calculator

After any road traffic accident, whether that be a car accident, motorbike accident, HGV accident, etc., you must meet the personal injury claims eligibility criteria to be able to make a claim. This criteria is: 

  1. Showing you were owed a duty of care by the third party that injured you. 
  2. Showing how this third party breached their duty of care. 
  3. Proving that as a result of this breach, you were injured. 
  4. That you are within the applicable claims time limit, which is usually 3 years from the injury date.

The Road Traffic Act 1988 and The Highway Code both contain lawful rules and guidelines on how all road users should behave on the road in order to adhere to their duty of care. All road users owe a duty of care to one another to prevent injury or damage to themselves and others. If a road user is found not to be following the rules in either of the above documents, and you are harmed because of this, then you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim.

Even if you are partly responsible for the road traffic accident, as long as you show how the other driver breached their duty of care and is also partly responsible, you can still make a personal injury claim.

A car accident compensation claim calculator can be very useful. It can ask you a number of questions about what happened and how you were injured to provide you with a rough estimate of what your potential personal injury claim could be worth. We have a compensation calculator here on our site that you are welcome to use. By going through the body scan the calculator could work out what you could potentially be awarded for your injuries.

However, we must point out that although a compensation calculator can provide guideline amounts of what could be awarded for a successful personal injury claim they cannot take into account all of your personal circumstances which is why we suggest calling and speaking to our advisors. They will listen to your circumstances, they may ask you some questions, but ultimately they could provide an accurate estimate for your claim.

Whiplash Reform Programme

Changes were brought in by the Whiplash Reform Programme, which affects how a personal injury claim for a car accident may need to be made. These changes only apply to passengers and drivers of vehicles over the age of 18, if the accident happened in England or Wales and the injuries are valued at £5,000 or less. This means you may have to make your claim in a different way. 

The Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021 which was also introduced along with the reform brought about set tariffs for different whiplash injuries. 

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to learn how and when you can claim compensation for your injuries. We can also give you more information about the Whiplash Reform Programme.

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If you have a successful personal injury claim, then you will receive general damages compensation. You may also receive special damages compensation. 

General damages compensation is for the physical and/or psychological injuries you have suffered because of the road traffic accident.

When valuing general damages compensation, solicitors can use your medical assessment report and the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) as guidance to help them. The JCG has guideline compensation brackets for all kinds of injuries at different severities. These guideline figures are based on previous successful personal injury claims that have gone to court in England and Wales.

Injuries Table

This table includes some injuries and their guideline compensation brackets found in the JCG, which may be sustained following a car accident. When looking at this table, please remember that these are guideline figures. 

Also in the table are tariff compensation values taken from the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. The figures for these whiplash injuries are fixed amounts. 

Injury Severity Compensation bracket Notes
Brain damage Very severe (a) £282,010 to £403,990 Top of this bracket there may be some ability to follow basic commands.
Moderately severe (b) £219,070 to £282,010 Constant nursing care will be needed.
Back Severe (a) (i) £91,090 to £160,980 Injuries leading to severe sonsequences such as incomplete paralysis.
Severe (a) (ii) £74,160 to £88,430 Orthopaedic injuries leading to impaired mobility.
Chest Traumatic (b) £65,740 to £100,670 Injuries with permanent damage leading to reduced life expectancy.
Continuing disability (c) £31,310 to £54,830 Damage to chest and lungs.
Ankle Very severe (a) £50,060 to £69,700 For examples, cases of a transmalleolar fracture that leaves complications.
Modest (d) Up to £13,740 Sprains or ligament injuries. The figure will depend on how well recovery has gone.
Whiplash At least one whiplash injury with at least one minor psychological injury. £4,345 Where symptoms are present for more than 18 but not more than 24 months.
Whiplash At least one whiplash injury £4,215 Where symptoms are present for more than 18 but not more than 24 months.

Claiming Special Damages

Special damages compensation is for any financial losses you have incurred because of your injury from the road traffic accident. Here are the losses that are taken into consideration when valuing special damages compensation:

  • Travel expenses.
  • Adaptations you must make to accommodate your injury.
  • Loss of earnings.
  • Medication.
  • Care costs.

You will need to collect evidence so you can prove your financial losses. Evidence to collect for your special damages can be receipts, bank statements, payslips, invoices, and travel or parking tickets.

If you want a more personalised estimate of your potential compensation, call our advisors for a detailed estimate or try using our compensation calculator.

What Is The Most Common Injury In A Car Crash?

Depending on the type of car accident, if the seat belt was worn, the speed of the cars involved, etc., many different injuries could be suffered. From an ankle injury to more serious injuries such as serious brain damage or a spinal cord injury

Here are a few examples of some injuries that could be sustained due to a third-party driver breaching their duty of care:

  • An intoxicated driver, either under the influence of drugs or alcohol, could be driving on the wrong side of the road. This could lead to a head-on collision with your vehicle and chest injuries from the impact.
  • A lorry driver could be looking down and using their mobile phone, not paying due attention. They could fail to notice that the traffic ahead has come to a standstill, leading to them colliding with your vehicle in a rear-end collision and you sustaining a broken back and neck injury.
  • A driver could be speeding and run a red light, resulting in a T-bone accident with your vehicle and it could result in a fractured skull injury. 

Contact us today to discuss your individual road traffic accident. We can assess whether you can be connected to our solicitors. We now discuss how to prove your injuries and how to prove another driver caused them in order to support your compensation claim.

How Do You Prove Injuries After A Car Accident?

You must have evidence to show that a duty of care has been breached and how this breach has affected you. Otherwise, you may not be able to claim compensation.

So, here are the types of evidence that are best to support your personal injury claim following your car accident:

  • Dash-cam or CCTV footage of how the accident happened.
  • Photographs of the accident scene (if possible) and your injuries. 
  • Take contact information from the driver (if possible), including their registration plate, and contact information from any witnesses.
  • Copies of the medical treatment you have received, such as scan photos. 
  • Write down in a personal diary your well-being and symptoms since your accident. 

Our solicitors, if you are connected to them, will collect your evidence as part of their work. 

How To Make A No Win No Fee Car Accident Compensation Claim

After using our car accident compensation claim calculator, you may want to start the process of making a personal injury claim. Get in touch with us. If we deem you to have an eligible claim, then our solicitors can work for you under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), a type of No Win No Fee contract. 

When working with a solicitor under a CFA, you will not have to pay for their services at the following times: 

  • Before the claims process has begun. 
  • During the claims process. 
  • If you have an unsuccessful claim. 

However, if the personal injury claim is successful, then a solicitor who provided their services via a CFA will take a percentage of your compensation, which the law always sets a maximum limit for, so you receive the larger part of your compensation.

Contact Legal Expert Today

While legally you do not have to have a solicitor to represent your car accident compensation claim for personal injury, we highly advise you to seek one. This is to make your experience claiming compensation as uncomplicated as possible. We can discuss your options with you by contacting us today:

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