Road Traffic Accident Claims – How Much Could I Get?
By Danielle Jordan. Last Updated 10th November 2022. In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know about road traffic accident claims—what criteria you need to meet, what evidence you may need, what the process involves, and how much compensation you could claim.
Road traffic accidents can cause a range of injuries, from minor sprains and strains to life-changing amputations. A claim could potentially be made by a road user if they are hurt in a road traffic accident caused by another party’s negligence.
To learn more about how to make road traffic accident claims, please browse the sections of our guide below:
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- Compensation Awards In Road Traffic Accident Claims
- The Criteria For Making A Road Traffic Accident Claim
- What Evidence Will I Need For My Road Traffic Accident Claim?
- Road Traffic Accident Claims Involving Uninsured Or Untraceable Drivers
- How Legal Expert Can Help You With A With No Win No Fee Road Traffic Accident Claim
- Learn More About Road Traffic Accident Claims
There are many reasons why people may wish to make road traffic accident claims for compensation. One of these is the need for a payout in the wake of financial losses caused by their accident. There’s also the suffering and impact which injuries caused by a road traffic accident can cause. Any compensation awarded for injuries covers a category known as general damages.
The compensation that may be awarded will vary greatly depending on the type and severity of the injuries you’re claiming for. Road accident victims can claim compensation for minor and major injuries. This may include cuts and bruises from broken glass. Injuries to the wrists, ankles, shoulders or back may also be included. Whiplash injuries or injuries to the kidney, chest, eye, neck or liver could also be potentially covered.
|Multiple Serious Injuries Plus Special Damages||Severe/Serious||Multiple psychological and physical injuries that are serious plus special damages such as a loss of earnings.||Up to £1,000,000+|
|Brain Damage||Very Severe||In these cases, the injured party will demonstrate very little, if any, meaningful response to their environment.||£282,010 to £403,990|
|Back||Severe (i)||In these cases, the injury has caused damage to both the spinal cord and nerve root and this damage results in serious consequences.||£91,090 to £160,980|
|Leg||Amputations (iv)||One leg has been amputated below the knee.||£97,980 to £132,990|
|Arm||Severe||In this bracket, the claimant has suffered an injury that is extremely serious and leaves them little better off than if the arm had been amputated.||£96,160 to £130,930|
|Foot||Very Severe||In this bracket, the injury causes a really serious permanent disability and/or permanent pain that is severe in nature.||£83,960 to £109,650|
|Knee||Severe (i)||Gross ligamentous damage, the development of osteoarthritis and the disruption of the knee joint.||£69,730 to £96,210|
|Neck||Severe (iii)||Severe soft tissue damage, fractures, dislocation or ruptured tendons leading to a significant permanent disability and chronic conditions.||£45,470 to £55,990|
|Whiplash Tariff||2(1)(a)||A whiplash injury lasting more than 18 moths but not more than 24 months.||£4,215|
|Whiplash Tariff||2(1)(b)||A whiplash and mental injury lasting more than 18 months but not more than 2 years.||£4,345|
Special Damages In Road Traffic Accident Claims
Special damages may be awarded following a compensation claim to cover for financial losses inflicted by the accident. It is only a possibility to claim for special damages if you are eligible to claim for general damages. This head of your claim could cover lost earnings, prescriptions, and travel costs.
Will The Whiplash Reforms Affect My Claim?
Some road traffic accident claims in England and Wales might be impacted by the Whiplash Reform Programme. These reforms apply to those 18 or older, who suffered injuries valued at £5,000 or less as a driver or passenger in a vehicle.
If you suffered a whiplash injury, it will be valued in accordance with the tariff found in the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. These are fixed amounts. In our table above, we’ve listed a few of these tariffs. Additional injuries that are not covered by the tariff will be valued in the traditional manner.
Contact an advisor for a free personalised valuation of your road traffic accident compensation.
When using the roads all road users, including vehicle drivers, cyclists, motorbike riders and pedestrians owe a duty of care to each other. This means that they must navigate in a way that prevents injury and damage to themselves and others. To uphold this duty, road users need to comply with the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act 1988.
However, you can only make a personal injury claim for road traffic accident compensation if you satisfy the eligibility criteria. This means that you must be able to prove that:
- Another driver owed you a duty of care.
- They breached this duty.
- You suffered injuries because of this breach.
Direct any questions about road traffic accident claims to one of our team members. One of our advisors can offer you further information about personal injury claims and help identify whether you have a valid case for compensation.
Evidence is crucial when making a road traffic accident claim. This is because evidence backs up your case and illustrates who is responsible, how the accident happened, and how it has affected you. Some examples of evidence that you could use to support your road traffic accident claim include:
- Video footage: CCTV and dashcam footage of the accident can help prove how it happened and who is at fault.
- Medical evidence: Taking pictures of your injuries and submitting your medical records can help illustrate the severity of your injuries and the level of treatment you received. These can work alongside the results of an independent medical assessment.
- Witness statements: Taking the contact details of potential witnesses means that their statements can be taken by a professional at a later date.
To learn more about the road traffic accident claims process, or to get more information on collecting evidence, contact our team of advisors today.
When claiming for a road traffic accident caused by a driver, the driver’s insurance company is usually responsible for covering any compensation owed. You may ask, however, what happens if the offending driver does not have any insurance? Another problem arises in hit-and-run cases. Who do you file a case against if you do not know who the offending driver is?
In both cases above, you could submit your claim with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (the MIB). The MIB was specifically set up to ensure that all road accident victims of untraceable and uninsured can be fairly and promptly compensated.
Hiring a personal injury solicitor can allow you to focus more on recovering from your injuries. The solicitor can also use their knowledge and experience to guide you through the legal process of claiming. For these reasons, we highly recommend hiring a solicitor who has experience in handling road traffic accident claims. We can potentially offer solicitors with such experience if you contact us for support.
If you are eligible to start a claim and choose one of our solicitors to support you, they will work with you on a No Win No Fee basis. This brings several benefits, including not needing to pay any upfront legal fees. You’ll only need to pay your solicitor’s legal fees after the case is closed and only if you have won your case and received compensation. Your No Win No Fee solicitor will take a legally-capped percentage of your compensation to cover their legal fees.
Below, you can find more information on road traffic accident claims that you may find usefu:
- Road accidents and safety statistics
- THINK! Road safety information
- The Highway Code
- Whiplash compensation calculator
- Cycle accident claims
Thanks for reading our road traffic accident claims guide.
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