Gran Canaria Car Accident Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation – Road Accidents Free Advice
Have you been injured in a car accident in Gran Canaria? If you are a British resident or citizen who was injured in a car accident that was not your fault in Gran Canaria, you could be permitted to seek holiday accident damages. We are Legal Expert, a trusted personal injury law firm based in Great Britain that can provide you with an excellent personal injury claims solicitor based in Britain, who can handle your compensation claim for a road accident abroad. We have written this guide for anyone who has experienced a road accident abroad in Gran Canaria, the Canary Islands or mainland Spain. Whether you wish to claim package holiday compensation, or holiday accident compensation for injuries you suffered in a road accident on a privately booked holiday, read on to find out more about how to claim compensation for a holiday road accident in Gran Canaria.
What are the benefits of choosing a personal injury solicitor from Legal Expert to handle your personal injury claim overseas? First of all we will provide you with a solicitor that is based in Great Britain, who is experienced at representing clients holiday accident compensation claims aboard. This will make the process of hiring a solicitor and communicating with your personal injury solicitor easier, whilst feeling assured that your holiday accident claim in Spain will be dealt with properly. Second of all, you can be assured that every solicitor from Legal Expert is highly experienced and acts with the utmost professionalism. Infact, many of our solicitors have 30 years of experience practising personal injury law and will always push to win you the maximum amount of compensation that you are owed. As well as being able to claim
compensation for your injuries and expenses associated with your injuries, your solicitor will also be able to secure funds for you to pay for the damage to your car that may be needed. Your claim for injuries caused by a car accident in Gran Canaria could be worth a large sum of money, if your injuries were serious, so call Legal Expert today, to see if you are permitted to claim.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Europe or Gran Canaria that was not your fault, in the last three years, call Legal Expert today to see if you are permitted to claim. We afford a free personal injury claims consultation, to anyone looking to claim. So contact us today to speak to one of our informed advisors about whether or not you have a right to claim holiday accident compensation for your car accident in Gran Canaria. If you have the right to claim, we will provide you with a personal injury lawyer that has the right skills and experience to handle your claim, who will begin working on your car accident personal injury case right away. We will also estimate how much your compensation claim could be worth.
Call Legal Expert today on 0800 073 8804 today to see if you are permitted to claim compensation.
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- A Guide To Gran Canaria Holiday Car Accidents
- Gran Canaria Emergency Service Numbers
- Getting Medical Care On Gran Canaria
- If You Experience A Car Accident Abroad, What To Do?
- Injured Abroad, What To Do?
- Completing Your Spanish Road Traffic Accident Report
- If I Get Whiplash In An Accident On Holiday, Can I Make A Holiday Accident Claim?
- Types Of Damages That You Can Claim In Overseas Accident Claims
- Personal Injury Claims Calculator For Car Accidents In Gran Canaria
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Gran Canaria is part of Spain’s and lies off the coast of Africa. The island is known for its white sand beaches and black lava beaches. Gran canaria is a popular holiday destination and receives over 4.5 million visits from holidaymakers a year. Spain is largely considered a safe country to visit and most trips to Gran Canaria are safe and trouble free. Unfortunately, there are risks of injury, the same as there are anywhere if proper standards of health and safety are not upheld. This is especially true for road traffic accidents. Drivers have a duty of care to passengers and all other road users. If a driver does not uphold proper standards of driving on the roads, or another 3rd party acts negligently on the roads (for example a company doing building work on the roads that do not follow proper health and safety regulations, creating health and safety hazards). Sadly, you at greater risk of being injured on the roads in Spain than you are in the United Kingdom. In spain, there were 3.9 road deaths related to road accidents per 100,000 members of the population in 2017. In the UK there were 2.8 deaths related to road accidents per 100,000 members of the population in the same year. this means that you are more likely to be injured in a car accident in Gran Canaria, than you are back at home.
In this guide to making a holiday accident compensation claim for injured suffered because of a car accident in Gran Canaria, we will advise you on the following: how to collect evidence to support your personal injury claim, if you experience an injury abroad what to do, how to access medicine and healthcare in Gran Canaria, what your car accident in Gran Canaria compensation claim could include, the benefits of hiring a no win no fee solicitor to make your claim and how to get started with your holiday accident compensation claim. We have also included a personal injury calculator in this guide, to help you determine how much money your road accident abroad could be worth.
Whether you were injured as a driver or passenger in a road traffic accident in Gran Canaria, if someone else’s negligence was the cause of your injuries, you could be able to seek damages from that other party. Call Legal Expert today, to take advantage of your free personal injury claims consultation. If you have legitimate grounds to claim, we will provide you with an excellent personal injury solicitor, who will start working on your personal injury claim immediately.
Personal Injury Claim Time Limits
|Cause Of Your Accident||Time Limit|
|Car accident where the car was booked as part of a package holiday thorugh a UK based company.||3 years|
|Car accident where the rental car was not booked as part of a package holiday.||Approximatly 1 year - this does vary.|
If you are injured abroad you may be concerned about what to do, and unfamilar with how to contact the emergency services. Below are emergency contact numbers to use if you experience an accident abroad in Gran Canaria.
- General emergency number – 112 – you will be asked which emergency service you need,
- Police, ambulance or fire service
- Local police – 091
- Negrin Hospital – 928 45 00 00
- Insular Hospital – 928 44 40 00
- Red Cross – 928 22 22 22
If you require diplomatic assistance in gran Canaria, 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
If you are injured abroad, what to do at first is get medical treatment for your injuries. Whilst the United Kingdom remains in the EU, visitors to Spain from the EU can use a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This card will enable you to receive the same free healthcare in Gran Canaria that Spanish citizens are entitled to. You can apply for an EHIC card here. However, please be aware that you should also take out fully comprehensive travel insurance before you travel to Gran Canaria, as the medical treatment you can receive there on a EHIC card may not be as comprehensive as the medical treatment that is available on the NHS. Also, fully comprehensive travel insurance will cover the cost of repatriation if you are seriously injured and need to be sent home.
The above is true at the time of writing in early 2019. After the United kingdom leaves the European Union in 2019, the rights for its citizens to use an EHIC card may change.
If you are injured abroad what to do? The most important thing to do if you experience a car accident in Gran Canaria, or elsewhere is try not to panic. Although you may be in a very stressful situation, try to remain calm when you act and communicate with others, as it will help you think clearly and stop potentially stressful situations from escalating. It is also important to pull over to the hard shoulder, or the side of the road, if you can. This will allow the other cars to pass you safely. Ofcourse, if you or a member of your party is critically injured then you have to call an ambulance. Dial 112 to call for an ambulance. If you require other emergency services such as the police or the fire brigade, call the numbers we have provided you with earlier in this article.
If you are injured in a car accident in Gran Canaria where you were not at fault, you might be eligible to claim compensation. There are things you can do at the scene of the road accident abroad, to gather evidence to strengthen your claim. We have listed these steps below:
- Take down information about the other vehicle involved in the accident. This should include the type of vehicle, colour, brand and registration plate.
- Swap contact information with the offending driver, or if the other driver does not own the vehicle, the vehicle’s owner. Do not under any circumstances sign any documentation given to you by the other driver, or a party representing the other driver such as a lawyer or insurance company, without prior consultation from your personal injury solicitor.
- To collect visual evidence, photograph any injuries caused by the car accident, if it is safe to do so.
- Collect visual evidence by photographing the hazard that caused the accident, if it is safe to do so.
- Take down eyewitness’s names and contact details. They may be required to give evidence later on.
- If you have expenses associated with your accident, keep the receipts. These could serve as evidence to support your personal injury claim, and you may be compensated for what you spent.
If you experience a car accident in Europe or anywhere else, it is very important that you do not accidentally admit liability for the accident. This means not saying anything like “I’m sorry” or “That was my fault”, after the accident happens. A careless word could result in you being held liable for the accident and not being able to claim compensation for your injuries, even if the accident was not your fault. It is the responsibility of the police to determine who is liable for an accident, so don’t jeopardise your chances of receiving compensation by admitting guilt early on. Similarly, don’t sign anything the other driver, or a lawyer or insurance company representing them, even if they are instant, without first consulting your solicitor. This could be an attempt to trick you into unwittingly admitting liability.
After being involved in a road traffic accident in Gran Canaria, you will have to report your accident to the police within 24 hours. If the accident is critical, the police will be at the the scene of the accident and will speak to you. Otherwise, you should report the accident to your nearest police station in person or by phone. Being a foreign national, you may be required to give your passport number, plus your personal contact details and information about your car. You should also report the accident to your tour operator if you are looking to claim package holiday compensation and your car insurance provider.
If you wish to claim compensation for a holiday car accident in Gran Canaria, remember to call Legal Expert today, to see if you are entitled to claim. One of our informed advisors will be able to let you know how much compensation you might be entitled to, and provide you with an excellent personal injury lawyer, to represent you as you claim your holiday accident compensation.
If you experience an accident on holiday in Gran Canaria that was not your fault, where you suffer a whiplash injury, you could be entitled to claim tens of thousands of pounds in compensation. Whiplash injuries are commonly caused by car accidents. Unfortunately, as we have already established, car accidents are more common in Spain than the United Kingdom, so you’re more likely to experience a whiplash injury in a car accident in Gran Canaria than at home. What is whiplash? Whiplash is a soft tissue injury that affects the neck. It can also affect the shoulders and upper back. Whiplash occurs when a traumatic impact forces the muscles in the neck beyond their usual range of motion and sprains them. Usually a whiplash injury makes the neck and sometimes the back and shoulders incredibly stiff, causing pain and limiting the sufferer’s mobility. Other symptoms of whiplash injuries can include: dizziness, vision problems, leading to further dizziness, headaches, jaw pain, fatigue, weakness in the upper arms. The symptoms of whiplash usually go with time. However whiplash can cause permanent disability if the sufferer experiences an extreme injury.
The good news is that if you have experienced a whiplash injury because of an accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to make a holiday accident claim for tens of thousands. Call us today to share your experience of whiplash and if you are entitled to claim, we will provide you with an excellent personal injury lawyer to handle your claim.
If you are awarded holiday accident compensation for an accident that was not your fault, your claim will be settled in two forms of damages. General damages will be the largest part of your compensation package and will serve to compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that your injuries caused you. You will also be able to claim special damages for your injuries. What are special damages? Special damages when you claim compensation for a holiday, are compensation that reimburses the claimant for expenditures you paid out as a result of your accident. Some example of special damages that people commonly claim, are below:
- Medical expenses: reimbursement for any medicines or medical treatment you needed.
- Travel expenses: reimbursement for any travel expenses you needed.
- Care expenses: if a friend or family member had to care for you after your injury, you can claim compensation on their behalf. You can also claim funds to pay for a professional carer going forward, if you need to.
- At home expenses: if you now require mobility equipment or need to make adaptations to your home, you can claim funds to pay for this.
- Loss of income: you can claim funds to reimburse you for any income lost because of your accident, or any income you are likely to lose in the future.
Below you will be able to use the personal injury claims calculator to approximate how much compensation you could be entitled to claim, in general damages.
|Form of injury||Settlement|
|The loss of two of your legs||between £211,150 and £247,280|
|More simpler fractures of the femur (bone in leg).||between £7,990 and £12,350|
|More minor levels of head or brain injury.||between £1,940 and £11,200|
|Severe levels of injuries to the back.||between £79,890 and £141,150|
|Severe level of injury to your ankle.||between £27,450 and £43,900|
|Minor types of harm to the neck, recovery is then expected in three months.||Compensation to £2,150|
|More severe levels of harm to the neck.||Settlements up to £130,060|
The amount of holiday accident compensation amounts that our personal injury claims calculator quotes are automatically generated. This means that they do account for personal circumstances. We advise you call Legal Expert today, for an estimation of what your claim could payout, based on your personal circumstances. It will also include any special damages you can claim.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Gran Canaria that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim tens of thousands of pounds for your your accident abroad. Legal Expert can give you the option to make a no win no fee car accident claim. What does no win no fee mean? It means that you will not have to pay a fee unless your solicitor successfully wins your claim. This means that there will be no financial risk involved, making no win no fee less stressful for many of our clients. To learn more about starting a no win no fee claim for an injury caused by a car accident, or any other sort of personal injury claim, call us today to discuss your options, or read our online guide.
If you have experienced injuries caused by a car accident in Gran Canaria, or elsewhere in Europe, speak to Legal Expert today about claiming personal injury compensation. If the accident was not your fault, you could make a holiday accident claim worth tens of thousands of pounds or even more. To get started, call Legal Expert for your free consultation. If our advisors think you have solid grounds to start a claim for compensation, we will provide you with an excellent no win no fee personal injury solicitor, to represent you in your holiday accident compensation claim.
British Consulate Gran Canaria
Calle Luis Morote 6-3
35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Telephone +34 928 26 25 08
If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Spain, call 020 7008 1500.
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