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

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Car accident claims Iceland

On this page, you will find a guide to the process of making a compensation claim if you have been involved in an Iceland car crash. It will contain all of the facts and information you may need to make an abroad road traffic accident claim, who you could claim against, and how to choose a good legal team to help you.

You may have unanswered questions when you get to the end of this guide. If you do, one of the Legal Expert team will be happy to answer them for you, and they can also help you to move your claim forward. Speak to them on 0800 073 8804 today.

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A Guide To Compensation Claims For Injuries Sustained In An Iceland Car Crash

In this guide, you will learn everything you need to know about making a claim for a road traffic accident in Iceland, to be able to begin making informed choices about your own claim. The guide starts by giving important information to help you deal with the incident in Iceland. This includes how to contact the emergency services, and also how to get medical treatment in Iceland as a UK citizen. You will then learn about a) the things you need to do right after the accident, and b) the things you can do while you are still in Iceland to prepare for making your claim.

The latter parts of this guide will cover facts about the claim itself. This includes a list of all of the typical types of damages you might be able to claim for, as well as a table showing typical compensation amounts for a range of injuries.

The last parts of this guide will introduce the Legal Expert national claims service. This is a simple and effective way for people to heave their Iceland accident claim processed. If you are ready to move forward with your claim right now, speak to one of our team on the number at the end of this guide.

Iceland Personal Injury Claims Time Limit

Claim SituationTime Limit
General personal injury time limit.Within 3 Years (may vary)
For package holidays booked in the UK and by a UK tour operator if the car / transport was part of the package3 Years may very
Claim against privately booked travel vendorGenerally, 2 years. (may vary)

Important And Emergency Phone Numbers In Iceland

Iceland road traffic accident statistics

The graph above shows that fatal car accidents in Iceland are not common, but they do happen. Much more important than making a personal injury claim, is making sure you are taken care of after the accident. This means being able to contact the emergency services quickly and easily. Iceland has adopted the European standard of providing a unified emergency services number, which is 112. When you call 112, an English-speaking operator will arrange the emergency services you need. You can also contact them directly on these numbers:

  • 444-1000 – for the police.
  • 570-5900 – for search and rescue.
  • 543-2000 – for Landspítali Hospital.

You can find more information about useful phone numbers in Iceland at this link:

Iceland useful phone numbers

Medical Services And Healthcare In Iceland For Tourists

If you are injured in a road traffic accident in Iceland, you are going to need medical treatment. The good news is that Iceland has a reciprocal healthcare agreement with the UK. This is enabled under the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) scheme. You will need to have a valid EHIC on you when you attend the hospital, and then you will receive cut-price or free medical treatment, the same way that a citizen of Iceland would.

EHIC only covers emergency treatment, and standard medical services. If you need some kind of treatment not covered by the EHIC scheme, you will have to pay out of your own picket, and then claim the cost back as part of your compensation claim. This is why it is always a good idea to have a valid travel or medical insurance policy whenever you travel abroad, as the insurance would pay these medical fees instead.

You can find more information about getting medical treatment in Iceland as a UK citizen, at this link:

Getting medical help while visiting Iceland

Legal Expert can act as your personal injury lawyer, and help you to make a claim once you return to the UK. Speak to one of our team on the number at the end of this guide, and we can help you get your claim started today.

Steps You Should Take After An Iceland Car Crash

If you have been involved in an Iceland car crash, there are a number of things you need to do at the scene of the accident. Some of these are simply common sense. Others are legal requirements. For example:

  • Ensure that any injured people are safe, but do not move them unless you have to.
  • Remove any obstructions from the road, such as broken wing mirrors or pieces of bodywork.
  • Move all the vehicles to the side of the road, and turn on hazard lights.
  • Call the emergency services.
  • The police must be informed if anyone is injured.
  • Exchange information with all of the drivers involved. Contact details, driving licence number and insurance details.
  • Call the police if there is some contention over who was to blame for the accident.

Taking steps such as these above, will fulfil all of your legal obligations, and ensure that everyone is safe after the accident. When you return to the UK, Legal Expert will be able to help you to make a claim, speak to one of our team on the number at the end of the page to proceed.

General Things You Should Do After Being Injured In An Accident Abroad

Above, we covered the things you have to do at the scene of a road accident in Iceland. This section covers all of the things you can do, that will help to give you the best chance possible of your claim being successful. We advise to take steps such as:

  • If there were witnesses to the accident, ask them for their contact details, so you can ask for them to provide testimony at a later stage if required.
  • Make sure the police know the accident took place, and ask them for the incident number.
  • Visit the hospital to have your injuries treated, even if you think they don’t need professional treatment.
  • Take photographs of the scene of the accident, and all of the vehicles involved, including the number plates.
  • Start to make a list of all of the financial and other losses you suffer due to the accident.
  • When you return to the UK, visit the hospital to make sure your injuries have been treated properly.

Taking steps such as these above, will leave official documented evidence of the accident and the injuries you sustained. This will help to add weight to your claim, and make it simpler to process. When you are ready to make your claim, call Legal Expert on the number at the bottom of this page, and speak to one of our team.

Filing An Incident Report For A Road Traffic Accident In Iceland

If you are involved an Iceland car crash that was caused by the road conditions, or some other kind of obstruction on the road, there is a process that you will need to go through in order to claim compensation.

You will need to fill in an accident report for IRCA (the organisation that manages roads in Iceland.) IRCA will then review this report, this process takes up to 3 weeks, and then let you know whether they will be reimbursing you. If they decide that they will not, then you may need a solicitor to process your claim for you.

Legal Expert can help you to claim compensation from IRCA. If you speak to one of our team on the number at the end of this page, they will explain how we can help with this process.

Claims For Whiplash Sustained In Road Accidents Abroad

Whiplash claims cost UK motor insurance firms more than £2 billion every year. On average, over 1,500 separate whiplash claims are made every day across the whole country. These are the single most common type of injury that compensation claims are made for, and also the most common type of claim we process here at Legal Expert on behalf of our clients.

We can arrange a free local medical examination for whiplash victims, and the results of this can be submitted as evidence to prove the severity of your whiplash injury. In the past, whiplash has been the basis for fraudulent claims, so we recommend you have an impartial doctor backing up your claim. When you are ready to proceed, speak to one of the Legal Expert team on the number at the end of this guide, and they will be able to get your claim started today. You can find some excellent information about whiplash, how it is caused, and how it is treated, at this link:

NHS information about whiplash injuries

What Damages Can You Claim For?

When you make a compensation claim for an injury sustained in an Iceland car accident, if your claim is successful, the settlement that you receive will be made up of a number of different types of damages. These will fit under the two main headings of general damages (to compensate for physical harm), and special damages (to compensate for financial and other losses). The types of damages that you receive could include, but are not limited to:

  • General damages – to compensate for the physical aspects of the claim:
    • Pain and suffering – for the initial pain encountered during the accident, as well as when receiving emergency medical treatment.
    • Mental trauma – for the shock caused by the accident and the injury you sustained.
    • Psychological injuries – such as post-traumatic stress disorder that was caused by the shock of the accident and the severity of your injuries.
    • Long-term recuperation – if your injuries will take some time to heal, and they will be painful for much of this time.
    • Permanent disabilities – if your injuries will never heal completely, and will leave you with a lowered life quality.
  • Special damages – to compensate for the non-physical aspects of the claim:
    • Travel costs – if you have had to pay to travel to have your injuries treated, or to deal with any aspect of the claim itself.
    • Medical fees – if you have had to pay for the cost of private healthcare from your own funds.
    • Care costs – if you have had to hire a nurse to take care of you, or a home help to assist in the upkeep and maintenance of your home.
    • Loss of earnings – if your injuries forced you to take time away from work, and you lost out on your pay because of this.
    • Loss of future income – if your injuries will leave you with a reduced working capacity, which will affect your earning potential in a negative way.

If you would like to learn the types of damages that you may be able to claim for in your own case, speak to one of the Legal Expert team on the number below. Once they know a little about your circumstances, they should be able to tell you.

How Compensation Is Calculated For Injuries Caused By A Car Crash In Iceland

Many websites offer an online personal injury claims calculator, and these allow people to try and get an estimate of how much they might get in compensation. They simply give people an idea of the amount of compensation they might claim but on the whole cannot be accurate due to claimants personal circumstances not being taken into consideration. Instead, we have included this table. This shows typical compensation amounts paid for a range of injuries. These amounts are based on the judicial guidelines followed by courts in the UK, when deciding how much compensation a claimant should receive.

Injury TypeSeverityCompensationInformation
Hand injuryMinor to seriousUp to £54,311The injuries will range up from cuts, bruises and other types of skin damage, through sprains, nerve damage and fractures, to total loss of the hand (paralysis or amputation).
Wrist injuryMinor to severeUp to £4,191The injuries will range up from soft tissue damage (cuts and lacerations), through sprains and fractures, to paralysis of the wrist.
Arm injuryModerate to severeUp to £114,841The injuries will range up from bruises, burns and cuts, through nerve or muscle damage, to total loss of the arm above or below the elbow.
Finger injuryMinor to severeUp to £21,951The injuries will range up from bruising and lacerations, through dislocation and fractures, to loss of one or more fingers through paralysis or amputation.
Thumb injuryMinor to severeUp to £48,051The injuries will range up from bruising and lacerations, through dislocation and fractures, to loss of one or both thumbs through paralysis or amputation.
Back injuryMinor to severeUp to £141,181The injuries will range up from soft tissue damage (cuts and lacerations), through nerve, muscle or vertebrae damage, to complete paralysis of the back.
Neck injuryMinor to severeUp to £130,091The injuries will range up from soft tissue damage (cuts and lacerations), through nerve, muscle or vertebrae damage, to complete paralysis of the neck.
Toe injuryModerate to severeUp to £49,151The injuries will range up from bruising and lacerations, through dislocation and fractures, to loss of one or more toes through paralysis or amputation.
Ankle injuryMinor to severeUp to £61,151The injuries will range up from soft tissue damage (cuts and lacerations), through sprains and fractures, to paralysis of the ankle.
Foot injuryMinor to very severeUp to £96,151The injuries will range up from cuts, bruises and other types of skin damage, through sprains, nerve damage and fractures, to total loss of the foot (paralysis or amputation).
Leg injuryMinor to severeUp to £119,251The injuries will range up from bruises, burns and cuts, through nerve or muscle damage, to total loss of the leg above or below the knee.

For a much more accurate estimate of how much you might be able to claim in your own case, speak to one of the Legal Expert team on the number below.

No Win No Fee Claims For A Car Accident In Iceland

Legal Expert offers our No Win No Fee national claims service, as a simple, effective and entirely financially risk-free way to have a claim processed. When we first start working on your claim, we don’t charge a fee. As we process your claim and attempt to reach a settlement, there are no ongoing fees. If we fail to win your claim, and you don’t receive any compensation, then there is no fee at all. When we do win your claim, and we receive a compensation settlement on your behalf, we will take our fee out of the money received, and then pass the rest to you. You really have nothing to lose, and everything to gain by using this service. Speak to one of the Legal Expert team on the number below to learn more.

Why Use Legal Expert For Your Accident Abroad Claim

When you use Legal Expert as your personal injury solicitor, to process your claim, you are gaining access to our wealth of skill and experience. We have a long track record of winning significant compensation settlements, across complex claims.

We will always do everything we can to ensure your claim is successful, and you receive the maximum level of compensation possible for your case. For some straightforward advice, using simple English with no legal jargon, speak to one of the Legal Expert team on the number below today.

Iceland Top City Break Destinations

  • Reykjavík
  • Kópavogur
  • Hafnarfjörður
  • Akureyri
  • Reykjanesbær
  • Garðabær
  • Mosfellsbær
  • Árborg
  • Akranes
  • Fjarðabyggð

How To Contact Our Team

If you have had an Iceland crash, and need a good team of solicitors to help you make a personal injury claim, then Legal Expert can help. If you speak to one of our team on 0800 073 8804, they will go over your claim with you, inform you of your legal options, and then offer you a very simple way to have your claim started right away. This is a financially risk-free service, so you really don’t have a thing to lose by letting us process your claim for you.

Assistance For British Nationals And Additional Guides

Embassy of the United Kingdom, Reykjavík

Laufásvegur 31

101 Reykjavík

Iceland

Tel: +354 550 5100

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

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

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

A guide to claiming for an Iceland holiday accident

Below is a link to our full road traffic accident claims guide:

How to claim compensation for a road traffic accident

Here is a link that will lead to a guide to claiming for a knee injury caused by an RTA:

Claiming for a knee injury caused by an RTA

Edited by Melissa.

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