Fuerteventura Car Accident Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation Free Advice
Are you a British citizen or resident who has been injured in a car accident in Fuerteventura that was not your fault. You could (potentially) be owed holiday accident compensation for your injury in Fuerteventura. Trust Legal Expert to provide you with an excellent personal injury solicitor based in Great Britain, to handle your personal injury claim in this island. We have written this guide for holidaymakers who have experienced a Fuerteventura road accident or car accident in the Canary Islands which was caused by a third party. Read on, to find out how to claim compensation for a car accident in Fuerteventura.
Why should you choose a personal injury solicitor from Legal Expert to represent your claim? Legal Expert’s solicitors have up to thirty years of experience handling personal injury claims and they always push to win their clients the maximum amount of compensation that they are owed. So there’s no one better to represent your compensation claim. What will your claim include? You will be able to claim holiday accident compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that you have endured. You will also be able to claim special damages to reimburse you for any expenses associated with your injuries, from medical treatment that you needed because of of your injuries, to funds to help you fix any damage to your car. Whatever sort of injury you sustained, and whether you were the driver or the passenger in the car, you could be entitled to claim. Another responsibility of your solicitor is to research and determine whether or not your insurance should pay for the claim, or if it comes out of the other driver’s insurance.
If you have experienced an injury in Fuerteventura because of the negligent driving of another party, you could be entitled to claim. Start your personal injury claims process today. Call Legal Expert today to speak to one of our informed advisors and take advantage of our free personal injury claims consultation. If you have legitimate grounds to make a road traffic accident claim, we could let you know how much car crash compensation which you may be entitled to, we will also provide you with an qualified personal injury lawyer to represent you, who will start working on your claim straight away. Call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 today and you could be on your way to claiming car crash compensation.
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The beautiful Spanish Island of Fuerteventura is part of the Canary Islands group. It is a popular beach holiday and adventure sport holiday destination with some 2.39 million holidaymakers visiting each year. Spain is a safe country to visit and most visits to Fuerteventura go smoothly, without accident or injury. Unfortunately in Spain, there is a greater risk of being killed or injured in a car accident than there is in the UK. For example, there were 3.9 road related deaths in Spain in 2017 per 100,000 members of the population, when in the same year in the UK there were only 2.8 deaths per 100,000 members of the population.
We have written this guide to claiming road traffic accident compensation for anyone who was injured in a car accident in the Canary Islands, or a car accident in Fuerteventura. We will provide you with information about what to do if you are involved in a car accident, how to get medical help in Fuerteventura, how to claim compensation for your injuries and how to find the right solicitor to represent you in your personal injury claim. You can also use our personal injury claims calculator to see how much compensation your claim could be worth
If you have been hurt or injured in a Fuerteventura car crash or road traffic accident, as a driver or passenger and the accident was caused by negligence on the part of someone else, you could be owed a lot of money in compensation for your injuries. Drivers have a duty of care to all other road users, so if another driver used their car negligently on the roads, they could be held liable for your injuries and have to pay you, the injured party compensation. If you believe you are entitled to make a personal injury claim for a Fuerteventura road accident, call Legal Expert today for your free legal consultation. If you have legitimate grounds to claim, we will provide you with an excellent personal injury solicitor, who will start working on your claim right away.
Applicable Compensation Claim Time Limits
|Cause of the accident, injury, or illess||Time Limit|
|Claims for car accident which happened in Spain as a whole, where a UK based package holiday company is responsible for the transport, example coach, Taxi, accident, injury, or illness. May include a car hired as part of the package.||3 years|
|Car accident injuries which happened on a holiday which was booked privately.||Approximatly 1 year - this does vary.|
If you are involved in a road accident on this island, and you require the emergency services (for example, if someone is critically injured), then you can call the appropriate emergency numbers below.
- Ambulance – 112
- Police – Corralejo – 928 866107
- Police – Morro Jable – 928 541020
- Police – Puerto del Rosario – 850 635
- Hospital – 928 862000
- Red Cross Corralejo – 928 867497
- Red Cross Caleta de Fuste – 928 851376
- Red Cross Puerto del Rosario – 928 852 222
- British Consulate – (+34) 902 109 356
If you require diplomatic assistance whilst in this part of Spain, such as a member of your party being attacked or arrested, you can contact the British consulate in Gran Canaria on this number: +34 928 26 25 08.
Of course, if you are injured, your first priority should be to get appropriate medical treatment. At the present time, visitors from the United Kingdom can use a European Health Insurance Card in Spain. This means that you will be entitled to the same free healthcare that Spanish citizens and residents are. We recommend that you apply for an EHIC card here. We also recommend that you take out fully comprehensive health insurance before you travel, to cover medical treatment not covered by the EHIC scheme, or costs of repatriation to your home country if you are seriously injured.
Please be aware that if you are a citizen of the United Kingdom, after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, your rights regarding the EHIC may change.
If you are injured in a Fuerteventura car crash there are immediate steps you can take to keep yourself safe and stop the situation from escalating. First things first, try and stay calm. We understand that being involved in a road accident in Fuerteventura can be a distressing and even terrifying situation, however, staying calm will help you deal with the situation and stop it from escalating. If you are able to, pull up to the side of the road or onto the hard shoulder, to allow other traffic to pass you safely. Next of all, if you or someone else is critically injured, dial 112 to get an ambulance to come to you. Other emergency services numbers are also included earlier on in this guide, if you need the assistance of the Police or Fire Brigade.
If you experience a car accident abroad, you can take the following steps to collect evidence to support your personal injury claim:
- Make a note of details about the other vehicle involved in the accident, including its colour, make and registration. Make sure you exchange contact details with the other driver
- Photograph injuries that you and other people in your car have because of the accident, if it is safe to do so
- Photograph the hazard that caused the accident or any other important visual evidence, If it is safe to do so.
- Make a note of the names and contact details of any other witnesses.
- If you have any expenses related to the accident, such as having to pay for medical treatment or a taxi to the local hospital, keep your receipts. This can serve as evidence of your accident and you may also be able to claim back these expenses as special damages.
If you experience a car accident in Fuerteventura it is very important that you don’t do anything that could be seen as an admission of guilt or fault for causing the accident. So don’t apologise for the accident, say you are sorry for it, say it was your fault or that a poor judgement on your part caused it. Whilst it might seem polite to do so at the time, or be a natural response to being badly shaken by the accident, could be taken as an admission of guilt, which means that you could be held liable for any injuries caused. Usually liability is determined by a Police investigation. Similarly, if you are given any paperwork to sign by the other driver, their insurer or lawyer, make sure that you don’t sign it without first consulting your own personal injury solicitor, as they may be trying to underhandedly get you to admit guilt for the accident, so that you won’t be able to claim any holiday accident compensation.
If you are involved in a road traffic accident in Fuerteventura, you will be legally obliged to report your accident to the Police within 24 hours. If the police do not attend the scene of your car accident, then you will need to report the accident by telephone or in person to your nearest police station. The telephone numbers for the Police stations in Fuerteventura are included earlier on in this this guide. When you report your car accident you will have to include: your car’s registration number, your name and address and if they are different, the name and address of where the car is kept and the car’s owner. You will also have to share the details of your motor insurance, including the expiry date of the policy. As a foreign national you may also have to share your passport number and details. Remember to record the name and number of the police officer that you spoke to, for insurance purposes.
As well as reporting your accident to the police, you should report it to your insurance provider as soon as possible. You should also report the car accident in the Canary Islands to your tour operator as soon as possible and make sure they record it accurately in their accident log book.
Because driving in Spain is slightly less safe than it is in Great Britain, experiencing a Fuerteventura road accident while you are on holiday there may be more likely than when you are at home. Whiplash injuries are a common result of being injured in a car accident. Whiplash injuries can be caused by collisions or rear end shunts. Whiplash injuries are soft tissue injuries which can happen when a trauma, such as a car accident, causes the soft tissues in the neck to be pulled beyond their normal range of motion. This causes a sprain or strain in the neck, which makes the neck, shoulders and upper back very painful and stiff. Whiplash can also affect the muscles in your upper back. Although it usually gets better over time, in extreme cases whiplash can cause a permanent disability. Other symptoms of whiplash injuries include: headaches, dizziness, jaw pain, fatigue, weakness in the upper arms and vision problems, leading to further dizziness. Whilst whiplash usually goes away over time, in extreme cases it can lead to permanent disability.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury in Fuerteventura, which was caused by a car accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim a settlement for your injuries. Call Legal Expert today, to see if you are entitled to make a personal injury claim for a whiplash injury. If you are, we will provide you with an excellent personal injury solicitor, who will start working on your claim right away.
Holiday accident claims are usually awarded in two parts. The main part of your holiday accident compensation will be general damages. You will also be awarded special damages. We will now look at these more closely.
The largest part of your compensation package is general damages. General damages compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that your injuries caused you.
In addition to general damages, you will also be awarded special damages. Special damages compensate you for any expenses you have experienced as a result of your injuries.
The following can be claimed as special damages:
- Medical expenses: Including medical treatment and medication you may need.
- Travel expenses: Including travel to the hospital, doctors appointments andor the cost of alternative transport if you weren’t able to drive as a result of your injuries.
- Care expenses: If you had a friend or family member care for you whilst you were recovering from your injuries, you could claim compensation for them, to award them for their efforts. Similarly if you now need ongoing care, you can claim compensation to cover these costs.
- Home adaptation expenses: Including the cost of any adaptations to your home you had to make, or mobility equipment you now need.
- Loss of income: This can include the loss of any salary or workplace benefits you missed out on, such as sick pay, holiday pay or pension payments.
Please use our or an estimation of how much holiday accident compensation you could claim.
|Severity of Injury and body part||Amount of compensation||Comments|
|Severe - neck||£39,870 - £130,060||Severe level of harm and a long recovery time. Lasting damage.|
|Moderate - neck||£6,920 - £33,750||Less severe but painful. Recovery may be prolonged.|
|Minor - neck||Maximum - £2,150||Minor harm done, less serious forms of whiplash.|
|Moderate - back||£10,970 - £34,000||Soft tissue, such as muscle, injuries and damage affecting the back.|
|Minor - back||Maximum £10,970||No permanent or lasting injuries. Will affect the soft tissues.|
|Minor - food||Maximum £12,050||Minor type of harm to the foot. May be of the soft tissue or the bone. Short recovery.|
|Moderate - foot||£12,050 - £21,910||More serious than the category above. Greater extent of injury and a longer recovery.|
|Serious - foot||£21,910 - £34,370||May include injuries up to and including the loss of use of the foot. .|
|Severe - foot||£36,800 - £61,410||The victim will likely have a permanent disability in this foot.|
|Very Severe - foot||£73,620 - £96,150||More severe forms of injury than the above with a greater extent of injury.|
|Amputation - one foot||£73,620 - £96,150||Total amputation / removal of one of your feet.|
|Amputation - two feet||£148,540 - £176,660||Total and (surgical amputation) of two of the victims feet.|
Please be aware, the holiday accident compensation amounts quoted on the personal injury claims calculator are automatically generated, so they do not account for your personal circumstances. For an accurate estimation of how much personal injury compensation you could claim, for call Legal Expert today, for your free consultation and to see if you are entitled to claim compensation.
At Legal Expert, we offer all of our clients the option to make a no win no fee personal injury claim. A no win no fee personal injury lawyer will work on the basis that you will only have to pay their fees, if they successfully win your car accident claim. Ofcourse, we only take on cases that we know we can win, but many clients find that using a no win no fee personal injury solicitor is the less stressful option for them, as there is no risk of going out of pocket in the unlikely instance that they do not win their claim.
Read our online guide to making a personal injury claim. Alternatively, call Legal Expert today to see if you are entitled to claim personal injury compensation and begin your no win no fee claim today.
If you believe that you are entitled to claim compensation for your injuries caused by a car accident in Fuerteventura, call Legal Expert today for your free personal injury consultation. One of our friendly but well informed advisors will assess your situation and if you are entitled to claim, we will let you know how much holiday accident compensation you could be entitled to and will provide you with the right personal injury solicitor to represent your personal injury claim. Call today, to begin your Fuerteventura road traffic claim today.
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