What To Do If You Suffer An Injury In A Car Accident
By Danielle Jordan. Last Updated 2nd November 2023. It’s important that you know what to do if you suffer an injury in a car accident so you can prove liability on the part of another driver. Without the necessary evidence, you may not be able to seek compensation for the injuries you suffered.
Our guide to claiming compensation for injuries sustained in a car accident provides advice and information on the claims process, the sort of injuries you could suffer, and the evidence needed to support your case against another party. We explain the importance of seeking medical attention no matter how minor your injuries may appear, and how an official medical report would strengthen your case.
We offer advice on how following a doctor’s recommendations is all-important when it comes to the medication they prescribe, and treatment plans they set in place to aid your recovery.
Our guide also offers essential reading on the time limit to filing a car accident claim. We provide an idea on how much a car accident injury claim could be worth, and how a No Win No Fee lawyer could assist you in getting a fair and acceptable amount in the way of personal injury compensation.
To find out more, please continue reading our guide. If you have any queries or questions, please get in touch with a Legal Expert adviser on 0800 073 8804.
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- Injured In A Car Accident – Are You Eligible To Claim?
- How Do I Start A Car Accident Claim?
- Evidence To Support Your Claim If Injured In A Car Accident
- Car Accident Claim Time Limit
- Compensation For A Car Accident
- What Special Damages Could Be Awarded For Car Accident Injuries
- No Win No Fee Claims For An Injury In A Car Accident
All road users owe a duty of care to each other while using the roads. This means that they must navigate in a way that prevents injury and damage to themselves and others. As part of this duty, road users are expected to adhere to any relevant rules and regulations found in the Highway Code. Additionally, some road users, such as drivers, are expected to comply with the Road Traffic Act 1988. If you are injured in a car accident because another driver failed to adhere to this duty, you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim.
However, you must be able to satisfy the criteria for claiming personal injury compensation. This is:
- Another driver owed you a duty of care.
- They breached this duty.
- As a result of this breach, you suffered injuries.
If you have any questions about injuries in car accidents and how you can prove your claim, get in touch with an advisor from our team. One of our team members can also check your eligibility to claim.
You may like to know what to do when you have a car accident. If you would like to seek personal injury compensation, you would need to follow the Pre-action Protocols for Personal Injury Claims. If the whiplash reforms do not apply to you, these are the protocols that you or your solicitor will follow. This means you need to:
- Send a letter of notification to let the defendant know that you are likely to make a claim.
- Send a letter of claim to the defendant, which includes information about why you are alleging fault, your injuries and special damages. Their insurer has 3 months from the date of receiving the letter of claim to investigate.
- The defendant should send a letter of response in a timely manner. If they deny liability, their version of events should be detailed.
- The defendant should disclose relevant documents. You may have identified these in the letter of claim.
- Instruct an approved expert, such as a doctor, to assess the nature of your injuries. The defendant should have supplied you with a list of experts they consider suitable.
- The defendant may choose to accept liability, reject liability, or negotiate the claim. You can also negotiate the settlement.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may wish to have a road traffic accident solicitor to help you with the claims process. One of our No Win No Fee solicitors could support your claim. Speak to one of the advisors from our team to find out more.
If a road user acts negligently, you will need to prove their fault using evidence. Additionally, you must be able to prove any injuries after a car accident. As such, consider gathering:
- The contact details of any witnesses to the car accident. Your solicitor can reach out to them for a statement confirming your version of events.
- Photographs of any visible injuries or hazards at the scene of the accident. Also photograph damage caused to your vehicle.
- Only if possible, dash cam or CCTV footage of the accident.
- Your medical records if you have copies, or letters from the hospital, GP surgery or walk-in centre that treated your injuries. They will document your injuries and what caused them.
- An opinion from an independent medical expert who can confirm the extent of the harm you have sustained. This will be obtained as part of the claims process with the help of your solicitor.
If you have been injured in a car accident, our solicitors could assist you with gathering evidence. With years of experience in successfully settling claims, you can rely on us to go above and beyond to help you get a compensation payout.
When making a personal injury claim for a car accident injury, you’ll need to ensure you start proceedings within the correct limitation period. Under the Limitation Act 1980, you generally have three years from the date of the accident to start your claim.
The three-year time limit may work differently in some circumstances, such as:
- If a minor sustains car accident injuries. The limitation period is suspended until their 18th birthday. From this date, they will have three years to start a claim.
- If someone lacks the mental capacity to make their own claim, the time limit is permanently suspended. However, if they were to regain this capacity, they will have three years to start a claim from the recovery date.
Whilst the time limit is suspended, in both instances, a court-appointed litigation friend could make a claim on the injured party’s behalf. A litigation friend could be a legal guardian, parent or lawyer, for example.
To see if you are within the time limit to start your personal injury claim, you can contact one of our friendly advisors.
You may be interested in car accident compensation amounts for the injuries you suffered. Firstly, how you claim compensation for a car accident might be affected by the Whiplash Reform Programme.
The Whiplash Reform Programme introduced changes to the way claims for whiplash injuries are made. As an adult passenger or driver, if you sustain whiplash injuries valued at £5,000 or less, you will make your claim via a different avenue. In addition, you will have your whiplash injuries valued in accordance with the tariff in the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021.
In some cases, you may not be required to make your claim in this way. For example, you may have sustained other injuries that take the total value of your claim over £5,000. In this instance, your claim will be made the traditional way but your whiplash injuries will still be valued according to the tariff. This is because the tariff applies to all occupants inside a vehicle. Any other injuries you sustain not included in the tariff will be valued in the traditional way.
After making a successful personal injury claim, you would receive general damages to compensate for the emotional and physical pain and suffering caused by your injuries. In addition to general damages, you might be eligible to recover special damages which compensate for the financial losses caused by your injuries. We have provided further details on this in the section below.
To help give value to general damages, legal professionals can use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document provides guideline compensation brackets for various injuries.
We’ve included a selection of injuries and their corresponding figures from the JCG in our table below. You can use this as an alternative to a compensation calculator.
Whilst the figures from the JCG are to be used as a guide only, the last two entries are taken from the tariff in the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021 and are fixed amounts.
|Injury Type||Compensation Amounts||Notes|
|Loss of Both Legs (i)||£240,790 to £282,010||You may suffer phantom pains and backache.|
|Severe Leg Injuries||£96,250 to £135,920||Injuries fall just short of amputation.|
|Less Serious Leg Injuries (i)||£17,960 to £27,760||Serious soft tissue injuries are included in this bracket.|
|Severe Back Injuries||£91,090 to £160,980||Your nerve roots and spinal cord could be damaged.|
|Moderate Back Injuries (i)||£27,760 to £38,780||Mobility may be reduced.|
|Severe Neck Injuries (i)||In the region of|
|Injuries associated with incomplete paraplegia.|
|Moderate Neck Injuries (i)||£24,990 to|
|You could be vulnerable to future trauma.|
|Severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||£59,860 to £100,670||You may be unable to work.|
|One or more whiplash injuries||£4,215||Symptoms lasting between 18-24 months.|
|One or more whiplash injuries with one or more minor psychological injuries||£4,345||Symptoms lasting between 18-24 months.|
Our advisors can provide a free claim valuation. Call them if you have any questions regarding claiming compensation for a car accident.
The second head of claim you could be eligible for if you were injured in a car accident is special damages. This head of claim allows you to claim back the financial losses you sustain because of your injuries. For example, this could include:
- Prescription costs
- Medical bills
- The cost of home adjustments, such as a stairlift or widened doorways
- The cost of mobility aids, such as crutches or a wheelchair
- Lost earnings
- Childcare costs
- Expenses relating to domestic help
In order to claim special damages, you have to be able to provide evidence of your losses. As such, it can be helpful to keep any receipts, bills, bank statements or invoices that could support your claim.
To learn more about what to do after a car accident in the UK, or to find out if you could be eligible to claim for a car accident injury, contact our team today.
Now that you know what to do in case of a car accident, you might be interested in knowing the benefits of hiring a No Win No Fee solicitor. Alongside being able to gather evidence on your behalf and offering expert advice for the car accident claims process, they may offer you a type of No Win No Fee arrangement called a Conditional Fee Agreement.
The advantages of working with a solicitor on the basis of a No Win No Fee usually include:
- No upfront fees so your solicitor can get to work on your case almost immediately
- Not having to pay any fees whilst the claim is ongoing
- Only paying your solicitor for their work if your claim is successful
Additionally, if your solicitor helps you settle your claim and you are awarded car accident injury compensation, they will take a success fee. However, you won’t be overcharged for this fee as it is subject to a legal cap under the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013.
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- By telephone on 0800 073 8804 – lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
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