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Greece Car Accident Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation For A Car Crash Injury In Greece

More and more British tourists choose to drive themselves when visiting Greece and in general the roads are safe and offer fairly easy driving conditions (especially outside of Athens).

Car accident claims Greece

Car accident claims Greece

That said, car accidents in Greece do happen and when they do you may want to make a personal injury claim against the other driver to compensate you for your injuries.

Legal Expert are specialist personal injury solicitors who’ve been dealing with accident claims over many years with our no win no fee service. If you’d like Legal Expert to begin your claim for a car accident in Greece, then please call us on 0800 073 8804 today. If you’d like to know more first, then carry on reading this guide that will explain what to do in the event of a car accident while on holiday.

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A Guide To Car Crash Claims In Greece

Being involved in a car accident in Greece can put a damper on your holiday which may mean you want to make a claim for compensation when you return to the UK. If it can be proven that the accident was the other driver’s fault, then there’s a chance you could claim a payment for your injuries and financial losses.

This guide will explain what you should do in the event of an accident in Greece, how to contact the emergency services and local procedures for reporting an accident. It also explains how Legal Expert are able to help with any claim using our no win no fee service which makes the whole process a lot less stressful.

It’s not just car accidents that cause tourists problems, there are a number of local laws and rules that you need to abide by to avoid an on the spot fine from the local authorities. These include:

  • By law you are required to fit your car with headlight deflectors (if your car can’t manually alter them)
  • You must also carry a red warning triangle as well as a fire extinguisher and first aid kit.
  • It is advisable to carry your driver’s licence, V5 documents, proof of insurance and ID (such as your passport).

As with the UK, there are strict time limits for making a claim following an accident in Greece. The table below shows how long you have to make any claim:

How holiday in Greece was bookedTime limit to make a claim
If the holiday was booked by a UK Tour provider3 years ( This may very )
Road traffic accidents in Greece2 to 5 years ( This may very )
If the trip was booked privatelyUp to 5 years ( This may very )

The rules for road traffic accidents state between 2 to 5 years which is a little confusing so please get in touch as soon as possible to enquire how long you have to begin your type of claim.

To help your personal injury solicitor make the best possible claim, we advise that you begin your claim as soon as possible so that they can prepare as much supporting evidence as possible.

Useful Emergency Service Phone Numbers For Greece

Greece operates the standardised European emergency number that will get you through to an operator who can connect you to any necessary emergency service.

If you need the police, ambulance or fire service just dial 112 from your mobile or a payphone.

You can contact the police directly on 100, ambulance service on 166 or the fire brigade on 199 but in emergencies it’s quicker to dial 112.

Any contact with the police or ambulance service will result in an official log that your accident happened so can be obtained afterwards to use as evidence to support your accident claim.

Healthcare For Tourists And Visitors To Greece

British tourists can get treatment from the Greek equivalent of the NHS (EOPYY) but only if prior to travelling they applied for European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). You can apply here, and it’ll usually take a week to ten days to arrive so leave plenty of time.

The EHIC card entitles you to basic health care and emergency treatment during your stay in Greece but it doesn’t cover any private medical treatment which may be of a higher standard. It also doesn’t cover any return to the UK costs so you may want to take out travel insurance which covers medical care.

If you do use insurance, you should contact the provider prior to using any private hospital or health centre to ensure you won’t have to pay to use it.

Always keep your EHIC card and travel insurance documents with you to provide evidence that you are eligible for treatment.

What To Do After Being Hurt In A Car Crash In Greece

If you are involved in a car accident in Greece, then there are a number of things you should do.

Firstly, try to move your car to a safe spot on the side of the road, turn on your hazard warning lights and then place a red warning triangle around 50 meters away from the accident so that other drivers have plenty of warning.

If anybody is injured, then call the emergency services on 112 and ensure anybody who requires treatment gets it.

Get the details of the other vehicle involved in your accident and their contact details. They may ask you to fill in a European accident report form which is ok, but don’t let them fill in any part of it and don’t write anything other than facts. Do not write anything that could look like you’re admitting liability for the accident.

If it is safe to do so then try to photograph the scene of the accident and any damage to your vehicle. Also, remember to report the accident to your insurance provider as some have a time limit for reporting.

What Should I Do To Help My Chances Of Making A Claim?

In the event of any type of accident in Greece there are a number of steps you can take to help making a compensation claim much easier when you return home. You may not feel like spending more of your holiday time gathering evidence, but your personal injury lawyer will be able to make a much stronger argument for compensation if you can spend some time on it.

The steps you should take following a car accident in Greece are:

  • Ensure you have the other driver’s contact details (phone, email, name and address). Ask to see some form of ID to prove they are who they say they are.
  • Take down the details from the other drivers green card or insurance policy (photograph them with your phone if possible).
  • Record their number plate details and also make a note of the exact location the accident happened.
  • Take photographs of the accident scene, damage and location.
  • Gather witness contact details
  • If either the witnesses or your car has dashcams fitted, then ensure you get a copy of the footage as it really can clear up who was to blame for a car accident.

If the witnesses have time, ask them if they are able to write a statement of what they saw, while it is still fresh in their minds.

Do I Need To Report My Car Crash To The Police?

While it may not be mandatory to report all car accidents in Greece to the police, it is recommended in the event that somebody is injured or if you suspect the other driver has been drink-driving.

In the event of a very serious accident where there is a fatality or serious injury the police may put you in touch with the British Embassy who’ll support any UK citizen in emergencies.

We’ve included the embassy address and contact details at the end of this guide.

Claims For A Greek Car Accidents Leading To Whiplash

Whiplash is probably the most common injury sustained in a car accident, but it may not immediately be obvious you’re suffering with it.

It can take up to 12 hours for symptoms to show and they may be mild for the first day but worsen over the following days. The common symptoms, according to the NHS, are stiffness, pain when moving the head, tenderness and headaches.

Car accident lawyers can claim for whiplash injuries, but you will need to have seen a doctor so that a record is logged, and the seriousness is assessed.

What Can My Greek Car Crash Claim Include

When a claim is made for car accidents in Greece there are a number of different elements of the claim that can be made:

  • General damages are the part of the claim that deals with the actual injury caused (as well as the associate pain and suffering). Each type of injury is graded from minor to severe and the compensation amount varies accordingly i.e. a bruised finger will get less compensation than a broken finger.
  • Loss of earnings can be claimed if, after you’ve returned to the UK, you’re unable to attend work while recovering or attending doctors’ appointments and you do not receive full sick pay. You can also claim for future loss of earnings if the problem is likely to be ongoing.
  • You can claim for the cost of replacement or repairing any personal property that was damaged in the accident.
  • Care costs can be added to your compensation claim if you have had to employ somebody to help you to complete tasks that you would normally have done but couldn’t because of your injuries.
  • Medical costs such as treatment and medicines can also be claimed back.
  • Travel costs is the final element of the claim that can be made which could include the costs of travelling to and from medical appointments or even additional costs with returning from Greece following your car accident.

All of these costs have to be backed up with evidence by your solicitor so be prepared by keeping hold of receipts or credit card bills.

Foreign Holiday Car Crash Claims Calculator

Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a personal injury claims calculator as every single case is unique and the amount of compensation is determined by a number of individual elements (see above).

We can however show you some examples of what compensation ranges exist for specific injuries (paid out under the general damages element of a claim):

Type of InjuryCompensation payment range
A very severe back injury which affects quality of life£79,890 to £141,150
Severe ankle injury£27,450 to £43,900
Amputation of both of the claimants legs£211,150 to £247,280
A simple break of the femur bone£7,990 to £12,350
Slight (minor) neck injury with recovery within 3 monthsUp to £2,150
Severe neck injuryAround £130,060
Minor brain or head injury£1,940 to £11,200

Don’t worry if your injury is not listed as we have only shown a sample. For information about what compensation amount your injury may be entitled to, please speak with one of our specialist advisers.

No Win No Fee Claims For Car Crashes In Greece

No win no fee agreements take away a lot of the stress when making a holiday accident compensation claim as you actually never have to transfer any funds to your solicitor.

When you contact the solicitor, they will agree a success fee which is would be a set percentage of any compensation they win for you. You don’t have to pay anything up front at all.

Then, if the solicitor wins your case, they retain their agreed fee and send the rest of the compensation directly to you. If they lose the case, then you don’t have to pay them anything at all.

How Our Accident Abroad Team Could Help You Claim

Unlike some solicitors, Legal Expert only work on personal injury claims. We have specialised in all sorts of claims and helped many clients over many years. We understand what’s required and what’s not to make a successful claim.

We only work on no win no fee cases and our team of solicitors are available to contact when you need them to answer any queries during the claim process.

Top 10 Largest Cities In Greece

For your information we’ve listed the top 10 cities in Greece:

Athens
Alexandroupoli
Kalamata
Ioannina
Kavala
Megara
Edessa
Heraklion
Aigio
Thebes

Talk To Us Today

If you’re ready to begin your personal injury claim with Legal Expert today, then please get in touch. You can contact our team by:

  • Telephone: Give us a call on 0800 073 8804
  • Email: Send a message, outlining your accident details, to info@legalexpert.co.uk
  • Live Chat: You can ask any question of our advisers 7 days a week
  • Online Form: Fill in our simple form to begin your claim

Whichever route you take, we’ll offer a free initial consultation where we’ll assess your claim and give you an honest appraisal of whether we think it has a good chance of success or not.

Further Reading And Guides

Here are some more resources that you may find useful to help with car accidents in Greece:

British Embassy Athens
1, Ploutarchour Str
106 75 Athens
Greece
Tel: +30 210 7272 600
Web: www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-athens

Holiday accident claims in Greece – another guide about accidents in Greece but more specifically about holiday accidents, not just car accidents.

Greek Hotel Claims – This guide is another Greece claims guide but specifically centering around Greek hotel accidents and illnesses.

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