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The Czech Republic Car Accident Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation

Car accident claims Czech Republic

Car accident claims Czech Republic

On this page, you will find a guide to making a compensation claim If you’ve had a car accident in the Czech Republic. Below, you will find valuable information, that will explain to you why you may have a valid reason to make a claim, who you need to pursue for compensation, and how to select a legal firm to process your claim for you.

You may need additional information, or have questions you still need to be answered once you have finished reading this guide. If so, please call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 right now and speak to one of our team. They will give you the information that you need, and answer any questions that you still have about your claim.

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A Guide To Claims For Car Accidents In The Czech Republic

Below, is a guide to Czech Republic road traffic accident claims, you should find all of the information that you need, to educate yourself about the claims process. The guide begins by giving useful information for dealing with the accident itself. This includes a section on how to contact the emergency services in the Czech Republic, and also on how the get local medical treatment as a UK citizen. Further informational sections cover what you should do at the scene of the incident, your legal obligations with regard to reporting the accident, and a list of things you can do to prepare for making your claim.

The later parts of this guide give information about the claims process itself. Specifically, a list of the most commonly awarded types of damages that make up compensation settlements, as well as a table populated by example compensation amounts for a wide range of different types of injuries.

The last parts of this guide will introduce you to the Legal Expert national accident and injury claims service. This is, we believe, the simplest and most effective way for you to have your claim processed. If you’ve any questions about the contents of this guide, speak to one of our team and the number you will find located at the end of the page, they will be happy to help you.

The Czech Republic Personal Injury Claims Time Limit

Claim TypeTime Limit
Personal injury2-years from the date the claimant was harmed.
Extension of claim (at the discretion of the courts)2-years.
During a package tour holiday.3 years

Emergency Contacts In The Czech Republic

Czech Republic road traffic accident statistics

As you can see from the graph above, this is a very dangerous country to drive in compared to others in Europe. If you are involved in a car crash in the Czech Republic, it is going to be vital that you know how to contact the emergency services so the help needed is received. There are two unified emergency service numbers in the country. The first follows the European standard of 112; the other is a locally introduced number, 158. Calling either of those numbers from any phone, will get you through to an English-speaking operator. They will listen to you explain the situation, and then decide which emergency services need to be sent. You also have the option of contacting the individual emergency services directly, on the following numbers:

  • 150 – for the fire service.
  • 155 – for the ambulance service.
  • 158 – for the police.
  • 156 – for the Prague City police.

Here is a link that explains how to contact the emergency services, and additional information:

How to contact the emergency services in the Czech Republic

Health And Medical Care For Tourists In The Czech Republic

If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Czech Republic, once you have contacted the emergency services, you are going to need to have your injuries treated. There is some very good news here. Not only does the country have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with the UK to provide emergency medical care, you can also get free treatment for existing medical conditions, and other treatment. You must have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get free emergency care.

If you intend to ask for other medical treatment not covered by the EHIC, you will need to make sure that you are dealing with a healthcare facility that is part of the Czech public Healthcare Insurance Funds (HIFs). Otherwise, you will have to pay for it out of your own pocket, or you will need to have a valid travel health insurance policy to cover the cost. You can find additional information about receiving healthcare as a UK citizen at this link:

Getting treatment at a Czech hospital as a UK citizen

I was Injured In A Car Accident In The Czech Republic, What Do I Do?

If you are involved in a car crash in Czech Republic, there are a number of things that you must do. These are legal requirements, and failure to fulfil them could lead to prosecution. Primarily this involves making sure that the police are notified when required. You must contact the police if any of the following statements are true:

  • One or more people have been injured.
  • The damage caused would total to more than 100,000 CZK.
  • One of the drivers involved seems to be drunk or under the influence of drugs.
  • Some part of the road traffic infrastructure has been damaged, such as a road sign, traffic light or safety railing.
  • If one of the drivers involved refuses to give contact details, or drives off.
  • The road is obstructed in some way.

You will also need to make sure that the correct emergency services have been called, and that injured people are safe, and at no further risk of harm.

I Had An Accident Abroad, What Should I Do?

If you’ve had a car accident Czech Republic, or anywhere, there are a number of things you can do that will help to give you the greatest chance of making a successful compensation claim. These steps will leave a documented trail of evidence showing what your injuries are, and how they were caused. You should take steps such as:

  • Use your phone to snap photographs of the scene and if you can, the cause of the incident.
  • Gather the contact details of any witnesses at the scene of the incident.
  • Ask the police for the incident number.
  • Have your injuries checked out at the hospital, even if you think they don’t need any
  • Exchange insurance details with all of the other drivers involved.
  • Begin to make a list of any losses that your injuries have caused you, so that it can be claimed for them later.

Taking steps such as these will make processing your claim more straightforward, and your chance of a positive resolution to your claim higher. When you have returned to the UK, speak to one of the Legal Expert team at the number you will find located at the end of this guide. They will explain to you how we can be of help, and get your claim started right away.

How To Report A Road Accident In The Czech Republic

In a section above, we covered your legal obligations if you are involved in a car accident in Czech. There is one further step you should consider taking. It isn’t a legal requirement, but it will help with the process of making your claim.

You should consider filling in a European Report of a Traffic Accident. This can be done using the official form, which you should be able to get either while you are still overseas, or once you return to the UK.

This form has space to describe the accident, enter the contact details of any witnesses, and to add your own and the other driver’s license and insurance information. You can also attach photographic evidence, and any other supporting documentation.

Who you need to send this form to is not clear cut, as it will depend on the circumstances of the incident. The best advice we can give, is to speak to one of the Legal Expert team at the number you will find located at the end of this page. Explain how your accident happened, and all of the pertinent facts, and we should be able to help you decide who needs to receive the report. It could be the Czech police, it could be the solicitors of the liable party, or it could be an insurance firm that covers the liable party.

Whiplash Injuries From A Car Accident Abroad

Of all accident claims, those involving whiplash are the most common of all. Whiplash is a generalised injury, meaning that it comprises of several symptoms, none of which can be pinpointed to a specific caused. This makes it very hard to treat, and also diagnose.

Because of this, whiplash has often been used as the basis for making fraudulent claims. Legal Expert can arrange for you to have a free local examination from an impartial doctor, to prove how bad your whiplash is. This will give you a much better chance of your claim being successful. Speak to one of our team at the number you will find located at the end of the page, and they will arrange this for you. You may also want to check out the NHS whiplash page; it has some excellent, useful information:

NHS whiplash info

What Can I Include In My Foreign Car Accident Claim?

If your personal injury solicitor successful processes a compensation claim for your road traffic accident, the settlement that you receive will be made up if several different types of damages. Each of these will fit under one of the two main headings of special damages, or general damages. These could typically be:

  • Special damages (to compensate for financial and ad-hoc losses):
    • Lowered future income – if your injuries will never recover fully, and this will leave you with a reduced potential for working in the future.
    • Loss of current earnings – If you’ve to take time away from work to recuperate, and you missed out on income because of this.
    • Care costs – If you’ve had to hire a nurse to take care of you, or somebody to help you clean and maintain your home.
    • Medical fees – If you’ve had to have private treatment for your injuries, which you had to pay for yourself out of your own pocket.
    • Cost of travel – If you’ve had to pay transport costs to travel to get your injuries treated, or to deal with any aspect of the claim itself.
  • General damages (to compensate for all the physical harm you have suffered):
    • Loss of life quality – If you’ve suffered a serious injury such as brain damage, amputation of a limb, loss of mobility, etc. and it will leave you with a reduced life quality.
    • Painful recovery – if it will take some time for your injuries to heal, and you will be in pain for much of the recuperation period.
    • Psychological injuries – such as depression, developing new phobias, anxiety or P.T.S.D.
    • Pain and suffering – for the initial pain you experienced at the scene of the incident, and also of having emergency treatment administered.
    • Mental trauma – for the shock and emotional strain of being involved in an accident and sustaining injuries.

If you would like to know what kinds of damages you may be able to claim in your own case, you can speak to one of the Legal Expert team at the number below. Once they know enough about your claim, they will be able to tell you.

Road Accident Abroad Compensation Claim Calculator

We have not included an online personal injury claims calculator on this page. We have found these to be generally very inaccurate, and they tend to give claimants an overinflated idea of what their claim might actually be worth. Instead, we have added this table below. It is based on real-world figures, that are available in the UK judicial guidelines, and used by the courts to evaluate how much compensation a particular claim might receive.

Injury TypeSeverityCompensationInformation
Hand injuryMinor to seriousUp to £54,308Injuries will start from simple tissue damage such as cuts and lacerations, through fractures, sprains and nerve damage, to either paralysis or am amputation of one or both hands.
Wrist injuryMinor to severeUp to £4,188Injuries will start from bruising, cuts and scrapes, through sprains, damage to the nerves and fractures, to complete paralysis of the wrist.
Arm injuryModerate to severeUp to £114,838Injuries will start from damage to the soft tissue such as burns, bruising or lacerations, through nerve damage, muscle damage, dislocations and fractures, to paralysis or complete amputation of the arm above or below the elbow.
Finger injuryMinor to severeUp to £21,948Injuries will start from cuts and lacerations, through dislocations and fractures, to complete amputation of one or more of the fingers.
Thumb injuryMinor to severeUp to £48,048Injuries will start from cuts and lacerations, through dislocations and fractures, to complete amputation of one or both of the thumbs.
Back injuryMinor to severeUp to £141,178Injuries will start from soft tissue damage including lacerations, cuts, scrapes and burns, through vertebrae, muscle or nerve damage, to partial or complete paralysis of the back.
Neck injuryMinor to severeUp to £130,088Injuries will start from soft tissue damage including lacerations, cuts, scrapes and burns, through vertebrae, muscle or nerve damage, to partial or complete paralysis of the neck.
Toe injuryModerate to severeUp to £49,148Injuries will start from cuts and lacerations, through dislocations and fractures, to complete amputation of one or more of the toes.
Ankle injuryMinor to severeUp to £61,148Injuries will start from bruising, cuts and scrapes, through sprains, damage to the nerves and fractures, to complete paralysis of the ankle.
Foot injuryMinor to very severeUp to £96,148Injuries will start from simple tissue damage such as cuts and lacerations, through fractures, sprains and nerve damage, to either paralysis or am amputation of one or feet hands.
Leg injuryMinor to severeUp to £119,248Injuries will start from damage to the soft tissue such as burns, bruising or lacerations, through nerve damage, muscle damage, dislocations and fractures, to paralysis or complete amputation of the leg above or below the knee.

For a more accurate, personalised estimate of how much you may be able to claim, please speak to one of the Legal Expert team at the number below, and they will be able to give you a ballpark figure.

Accident Abroad Compensation Under a CFA

Legal Expert offers our national No Win No Fee accident and injury claims service to people everywhere in the UK. This is, we believe, the simplest way for you to have your claim processed in an entirely financially risk-free way. We don’t charge you when we first start working on your claim, and we don’t charge you as we attempt to reach a settlement. We also don’t charge you if we are unsuccessful, and fail to win you any compensation. The only time we will charge you, is when we have actually received a compensation payment for you, and we will then deduct our fee from the money received, before giving you the remainder.

Why Trust Legal Expert To Handle You Car Accident Abroad Claim?

When you engage Legal Expert as your personal injury lawyer, you gain access to all of our skill and expertise that we have gained helping people to get the compensation they are entitled to, across many different types of claims.

We always aim to get you the most compensation that we can, and maximise your chance of the claim being successful. We will always update you on what we are doing for you, using plain English without any legal jargon. Speak to one of the Legal Expert team at the number below, to get your claim started today.

Top Ten City Destinations in the Czech Republic

  • Prague (Praha)
  • Brno
  • Ostrava
  • Plzeň
  • Liberec
  • Olomouc
  • Ústí nad Labem
  • Hradec Králové
  • České Budějovice
  • Pardubice

Call Us For Help

Have you been injured in a vehicle accident in the Czech Republic? Do you believe that you may have a valid reason to make a personal injury claim? If so, speak to one of the Legal Expert team on 0800 073 8804 today. They will go over your claim with you, and help you the get it started right away.

Claims Guides And Advice For Holidaymakers In The Czech Republic

British Embassy Prague

Thunovská 180/14

118 00 Malá Strana

Czechia

Tel: +420 257 402 111

Web: www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-prague

Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Check the link below for our full guide to Czech holiday claims:

A guide to Czech holiday claims

You can also read this guide covering how to claim for an accident involving a Czech lorry drive:

A guide to Czech lorry accident claims

If you were injured in a Czech hotel, this guide will be useful:

How to claim compensation form a Czech hotel

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