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Santorini Car Accident Claims Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim For Car Accident In Santorini?

On this page, you will find a detailed guide to making a compensation claim following a car accident in Santorini. In the sections below, you are going to find information and advice that will help you deal with the situation while overseas, as well as how to make your claim once you return to the UK.

Once you have read this guide, you might need some extra information, or have some questions you need to be answered. Either way, you can speak to one of the Legal Expert team on 0800 073 8804. They will be able to give you the information that you need, and answer any questions that need to be answered.

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A Guide, Injury Abroad Claims For A Car Accident In Santorini

Car accident claims Santorini

Car accident claims Santorini

With this guide, you are going to learn about how to make a personal injury claim for injuries sustained in an overseas road traffic accident. You will also find all of the information that you need to be able to deal with the accident itself, as well as how to get medical care for yourself or any other injured parties. We will also cover many of the things you can do in preparation for making a claim, and also your legal responsibilities regarding reporting the accident.

You are also going to find plenty of information about the claims process itself. This includes a list of all of the types of damages that your compensation settlement could be made up of (if your claim is successful), and also a table that lists a range of different injuries, and typical amounts of compensation they could be worth.

The last part of this guide covers the national accident and injury claims service that Legal Expert offers to all UK citizens. This is an effective yet simple way for you to have your claim processed, by an experienced and skilled team of lawyers. Speak to one of our team on the number at the end of this guide, for more information about how we can help you to get the compensation you are entitled to.

The Santorini Personal Injury Claims Time Limit

Claim CircumstancesTime Limit
Personal injury if on a package holiday booked with a UK tour operator. 3-years may very
Personal injury (RTA) related5-years may very

Please note that time limits may vary.

Useful Emergency Numbers For The Island Of Santorini

Santorini road traffic accident statistics

Take a look at the graph above. It shows that the total number of fatal accidents in Greece has reduced significantly in recent years. However, this doesn’t mean that accidents don’t affect tourists at all, they do, just less frequently than before.

If you are involved in a car accident in Santorini, you will need to know how to contact the emergency services. The first fact that you need to take in, is that Greece does offer the European standard of a unified emergency services number on 112. Calling 112 in Greece will get you through the emergency services operator. You can also contact each of the emergency services directly, on these numbers:

  • 1033 – for the police.
  • 100 – for a general emergency.
  • 171 – for the tourist police.
  • 199 – for the fire service.
  • 166 – for an ambulance.

You can find some extra information on emergency contact numbers in Santorini, at this link below:

How to contact the emergency services in Santorini

Santorini Healthcare For Tourists And Visitors

If you are injured in Santorini, you will need to visit the hospital to get medical treatment. Greece is a member of the European Healthcare Insurance Card (EHIC) scheme. This scheme revolves around a reciprocal healthcare agreement between all member countries. As long as you have a valid EHIC on you when you visit a hospital or clinic in Greece, you will receive free or reduced cost emergency treatment in exactly the same way a local would.

You must understand though, that your EHIC only covers emergency treatment, or medical treatment that is required to stabilise you. You won’t be covered for the treatment of existing ailments, for dental care, outpatient care, etc. Any medical treatment that isn’t covered by your EHIC will need to be paid for. This means either having a valid healthcare policy, or paying the medical fees yourself. In the latter case, you could attempt to claim the costs back as part of your overall compensation settlement when you make your claim.

To find out more about EHIC, and getting medical treatment as a UK citizen that is visiting Greece, take a look at the NHS information at this link:

NHS information on healthcare in Greece for UK citizens

What To Do If You Have A Car Accident In Santorini

If you are involved in a Santorini tourist accident on the road, you need to make sure that the scene of the accident is made safe, and that the aftermath of the accident is managed effectively. Taking steps such as these below, will help with this:

  • Locate any injured people, and make sure that they are not in a position to come to more harm. Unless you have to move them, don’t. You could make their injuries worse.
  • Call the police and report the accident (more on this in a later section).
  • Call the emergency services to make sure that injured people will be treated as soon as possible.
  • If it is not hazardous to do so, clear any obstructions from the road. And if possible, move the vehicles involved off the road and switch on the hazard lights.
  • Ask each driver for their details including their driving licence and their insurance information.

Taking steps such as these above, are going to ensure that everyone is safe, and that steps have been taken to deal with the after-effects of the incident.

What To Do If You Are Injured Whilst On Holiday In Greece

If you are on a package holidays to Santorini, or a trip you have booked yourself, there are a number of steps that you can take, to ensure the highest chance of success when you make your claim. These steps could include:

  • Approach any witnesses to the accident, and ask them to provide you with their contact details.
  • If it is safe to do so, use your smartphone to take photographs of the scene of the accident, and also any other photos you believe might be useful to support your claim.
  • Make sure that you visit the hospital to have your injuries checked out. Even if they don’t require treatment, this will make sure that they are officially recorded.
  • When you return to the UK, repeat the above step, so that your injuries are recorded by the NHS.

Taking steps like these, is going to make processing your claim simpler. When you are ready to begin your claim, speak to one of the Legal Expert team on the number at the bottom of this page, they will help to get your claim started right away.

Reporting And Recording A Car Accident In Greece

If you have been involved in road traffic accidents in Santorini, there are certain circumstances which will mean that you must report the incident to the police. If any of the statements below are true, you need to get the police involved at the scene:

  • One of the drivers involved appears to be drunk, or intoxicated in some way.
  • One of the drivers involved refuses to present their driving licence and insurance details, or drives away from the scene of the accident.
  • Somebody has been injured or killed.
  • Government property such as lampposts, railings, or road signs have been damaged.
  • The damage to the vehicles involved, and also other private property, amounts to more than 3,999 Euros in value.
  • There is some contention over how the accident happened, and who was at fault.

You are legally obligated to call the police in any of these cases. However, we would recommend that you always call the police if you are involved in a road traffic accident while overseas, so then there is an official record of the accident.

Compensation Claims For A Whiplash Injury In Santorini

It is estimated that whiplash claims alone, add on average around £150 to every motor insurance policy in the UK. The yearly total of these claims comes to more than £2 billion. Whiplash is the injury that is most frequently claimed for across all injury claims.

Whiplash is a generalised injury, caused by a number of related but unspecified symptoms. What this means, is that whiplash is very hard to diagnose and treat. Due to the difficulty in proving a case of whiplash, the injury has often been used as the basis for fraudulent claims in the past. Every whiplash claim is now scrutinised very closely. Legal Expert can arrange for you to have a free local medical examination. We can use the results of this examination to support your whiplash claim. Speak to one of our team on the number at the bottom of this page, and they will help to arrange this for you. The NHS has published some excellent in-depth information about whiplash, at this link:

NHS information on whiplash injuries

What Can You Claim Compensation For?

If your personal injury lawyer manages to successfully process your claim for you, then the compensation settlement that you receive will likely be made up of several different kinds of damages. All of these will fit into the two main categories of general damages for physical harm, and special damages for other losses, including financial losses. Typical types of damages you might claim could include, but are not limited to:

General Damages To Compensate You For The Physical Harm You Suffered

  • Pain and suffering, caused by the accident itself, and any injuries sustained.
  • Mental trauma, caused by the shock of being involved in an accident, and being injured.
  • Psychological damage, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, caused by either the accident itself, or by having to live with serious injuries.
  • Painful recovery, to compensate you for the discomfort of facing a long and painful recuperation period.
  • Loss of life quality, for serious injuries that will affect you for the rest of your life, causing some kind of disability.

Special Damages To Compensate You For Financial and Ad-hoc Losses

  • Travel costs, to reimburse you for any out of pocket expenses, due to travelling to deal with either the claim, or your injuries.
  • Medical fees, to reimburse you if you have had to cover the cost of private healthcare yourself during your recovery.
  • Care costs, to reimburse you if you have had to hire a nurse to care for you at home, or a cleaner to help maintain it.
  • Loss of current earnings, to reimburse you if you have had to miss work, and you lost out on your wages/salary, either partially or completely.
  • Lowered future income, if your injuries will leave you with a disability that means you will not be able to work at the same level as before, or you may not be able to work at all.

Each claim is different, but these are the most common types of damages and the reasons they are paid. To find out just what types of damages you could be able to claim in your own case, speak to one of the Legal Expert team on the number below.

How Much Can You Claim For A Car Accident In Santorini?

What we have done, is create the table below based on actual data used by the UK courts, when deciding the value of a claim.

Injury TypeSeverityCompensationInformation
Back injuryMinor to severeUp to £141,174The severity of injuries will range from damage to the soft tissue of the back, such as cuts and scrapes, through fractured vertebrae, nerve damage and muscles sprains, to partial or total paralysis of the back.
Neck injuryMinor to severeUp to £130,084The severity of injuries will range from damage to the soft tissue of the neck, such as cuts and scrapes, through fractured vertebrae, nerve damage and muscles sprains, to partial or total paralysis of the neck.
Toe injuryModerate to severeUp to £49,144The severity of injuries will range from simple cuts and bruises, through fracture, dislocation and damage to the nerves, to amputation of one or more toes.
Ankle injuryMinor to severeUp to £61,144The severity of injuries will range from sprains, lacerations and cuts, through nerve damage and fractures (simple or compound), to partial or complete paralysis of the ankle.
Foot injuryMinor to very severeUp to £96,144The severity of injuries will range from tissue damage including lactations, burns and scrapes, through compound and simple fractures, muscle and nerve damage, to amputation of one or both feet.
Leg injuryMinor to severeUp to £119,244The severity of injuries will range from minor soft tissue damage such as cuts and bruising, trough muscle or nerve damage, and fractures (simple or compound), to paralysis or amputation of the leg.
Hand injuryMinor to seriousUp to £54,304The severity of injuries will range from tissue damage including lactations, burns and scrapes, through compound and simple fractures, muscle and nerve damage, to amputation of one or both hands.
Wrist injuryMinor to severeUp to £4,184The severity of injuries will range from sprains, lacerations and cuts, through nerve damage and fractures (simple or compound), to partial or complete paralysis of the wrist.
Arm injuryModerate to severeUp to £114,834The severity of injuries will range from minor soft tissue damage such as cuts and bruising, trough muscle or nerve damage, and fractures (simple or compound), to paralysis or amputation of the arm.
Finger injuryMinor to severeUp to £21,944The severity of injuries will range from simple cuts and bruises, through fracture, dislocation and damage to the nerves, to amputation of one or more fingers.
Thumb injuryMinor to severeUp to £48,044The severity of injuries will range from simple cuts and bruises, through fracture, dislocation and damage to the nerves, to amputation of one or both thumbs.

If you would like to receive a more accurate estimate of how much holiday accident compensation you might be able to claim, please speak to one of the Legal Expert team on the number below. Once they know a little about your claim, they will be able to tell you how much your claim could be worth.

No Win No Fee Car Accident In Santorini Claims

Legal Expert can offer everyone across the UK, a financially risk-free way for them to have their claim processed. By using our national No Win No Fee accident and injury claims service, you will gain access to a skilled and experienced legal team.

You won’t be charged a fee when we take your claim on, and you won’t be charged a fee during the time it takes us to process your claim, even if it takes months to reach a settlement. You won’t be charged a fee if we are unsuccessful, and you don’t receive any compensation. When we are successful, we will deduct our fee out of the money we have received for you, and then pass the remainder over to you. If you would like to know more about how this claims process works, speak to one of the Legal Expert team on the number below.

How A Specialist Solicitor Can Help You

Legal Expert is a personal injury solicitors that specialises in helping claimants receive the maximum amount of compensation possible for their claim, across the entire range of injury claim cases. This is the aspect of the law that we focus on, and we have gained plenty of experience tackling complex claims over the years.

We will always do everything that we can to make sure that your claim is successful. Whenever you would like an update on the status of your claim, or have questions about what we have been doing for you, then you can expect to be answered in simple English, with no legal jargon. Our team is never more than a phone call away, ready to help you in any way you need.

Contact Us

Have you been injured in an overseas RTA? Do you believe that you have a valid cause to claim Santorini injury compensation? If so, you can call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 today. One of our team will be ready and waiting to go over your claim with you, let you know what your legal options could be, and then offer a simple, effective and risk-free way for you to have your claim processed.

Further Resources For People Injured In Greece

British Embassy Athens

Ploutarchou 1

Athina 106 75

Greece

Tel: +30 21 0727 2600

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

Opening hours: 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

At the link below, you will find a guide to making a claim for an accident on a package holiday:

A guide to package holiday claims

We have also produced a guide to claiming for a holiday accident in Greece, at this link:

How to claim for a holiday accident in Greece

If you have been harmed in a holiday accident in Crete, then this guide will be of use:

A guide to claiming for a holiday accident in Crete

Edited by Melissa.

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