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A Guide To Claiming With Car Accident Solicitors

By Stephen Hudson. Last Updated 17th June 2024. Car accident solicitors could potentially help you get compensation if you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligent behaviour. Within this guide, we’ll explain more about what car accident solicitors can do and in what circumstances you may be able to start a car accident claim.

As the UK’s best car accident claim company, we provide factual, straightforward information that explains the process from start to finish. Our experts help you determine whether or not you have a case, along with how much you could potentially receive if car accident solicitors win financial compensation for your injuries.

For more advice and support in making a potential claim with car accident solicitors, you can contact Legal Expert. To contact us by phone, please call 0800 073 8804. You can alternatively reach us online by using our claim form or our 24/7 live chat service.

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  1. What Are Car Accident Solicitors?
  2. What Kinds Of Claims Could Car Accident Lawyers Help With?
  3. The Car Accident Was Not My Fault But The Other Driver Had No Insurance – Can I Still Claim?
  4. How Long Do You Have To Claim For A Car Accident?
  5. What Types Of Injuries Could Car Accident Solicitors Help Me Claim For?
  6. How Much Compensation Could I Claim For A Car Accident?
  7. What Is The Whiplash Reform Programme?
  8. How Could No Win No Fee Car Accident Solicitors Help Me?
  9. Useful links

What Are C>ar Accident Solicitors?

In order to make a road traffic accident compensation claim, you’ll need to instruct a car accident solicitor.

This is a type of solicitor (lawyer) who specialises in claims involving car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, cycling accidents, HGV accidents or accidents involving any other type of vehicle on the road. If you are a pedestrian who has been involved in a collision, you can also benefit from the expertise of car accident solicitors. These lawyers are well versed in the laws surrounding these particular types of claims, and are therefore best placed to help you claim the maximum amount of compensation possible depending on your specific circumstances.

How Can A Car Accident Solicitor Help Me Claim Compensation?

Car accident lawyers will have experience dealing with a range of different circumstances, and will know how best to put together a case that will both minimise your chances of losing whilst maximising the amount you could receive.

It is important to understand that not all personal injury compensation claims are resolved within a matter of weeks. Depending on the complexity of the road traffic collision and your resulting injuries, a personal injury compensation claim can take months, sometimes years to resolve.

It may be possible that you are also making a claim for a fatal car accident in Northamptonshire. If this is the case it may be possible for the relative of someone killed in a collision to make a compensation claim. Again, working with the right No Win No Fee solicitors for you and your claim is essential.

Do I Need To Use Car Accident Solicitors Near Me To Help Me Claim?

It doesn’t matter where you’re based, you are not limited to local solicitors.

Much of the claims process can now be handled remotely, so you could work with solicitors based outside of your area for your accident claim. It’s important to find the solicitor best suited to your case, no matter where they are based in the country.

Please reach out to one of our advisers if you would like to learn more about how our solicitors could potentially help you.

What Kinds Of Claims Could Car Accident Lawyers Help With?

Our car accident lawyers have a wealth of experience in helping claimants pursue road traffic accident compensation. Using their expertise, they can help you out with various types of car accident claims. 

If you have had a car accident, our specialist lawyers can help you claim for the following types of accidents and injuries:

If you are interested in working with our legal team but question, ‘do I need to hire accident solicitors near me?’ The answer is no. Our solicitors can work with you no matter where you are based in the UK. 

Get in touch to arrange your free consultation. After our advisors assess your claim, they may be able to connect you with our friendly road accident solicitors, if you have valid grounds to proceed. 

The Car Accident Was Not My Fault But The Other Driver Had No Insurance – Can I Still Claim?

It is illegal to drive in the UK without insurance, and yet it is estimated that around 1 million motorists do so. This could result in crashes involving such drivers, which opens the door towards claiming alongside car accident solicitors.

If you are involved in an accident with a driver who is not insured, it is still possible to claim compensation. The MIB (Motor Insurers Bureau) is responsible for paying out on their behalf, therefore you won’t be left out of pocket. If a driver has neglected his or her duty of care by not getting insurance in addition to causing an accident, it is only fair that you receive the money you deserve to help you on the road to recovery.

How Long Do You Have To Claim For A Car Accident?

You have up to three years following a car accident in which to make compensation, or three years from the date you discovered you had injuries pertaining to the accident, whichever comes later.

This gives you some time to understand the full scope of your injuries along with how they are likely to affect you in the long term; for example, if you have suffered a back injury, you may find that over time you develop pain in your shoulders and arms as a consequence. You should make sure the full extent of your injuries are understood and documented before commencing the car accident claims process to ensure you receive the highest sum possible.

What Types Of Injuries Could Car Accident Solicitors Help Me Claim For?

There are many different types of injuries which can potentially be caused by a car accident. Examples of injuries that you may seek compensation for with the help of a car accident lawyer include the following:

  • A traumatic brain injury such as concussion.
  • An injury to the spine, such as a fracture or slipped disc injury.
  • Fractures or dislocations that affect other bones, such as those found in the arms, legs, wrists or chest.
  • An injury to muscles in the neck, such as whiplash.
  • Disfiguring scars or burns to the face or other parts of the body.
  • Psychological injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

If you do suffer injuries such as any of the above examples in a car accident because another party breached the duty of care they owed you, then you may have valid grounds to claim with the support of one of our car accident solicitors.

Please contact our advisors for free today to learn more about how we could assist by connecting you with a lawyer for a car accident claim and what else is involved in the claiming process.

How Much Compensation Could I Claim For A Car Accident?

If you make a successful car accident claim, you will be awarded general damages as part of your compensation settlement.

This compensates you for the pain and suffering your injuries have caused you. Those valuing your claim for general damages may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) for help.

This document lists compensation guidelines for various injuries. We have included some of these in the table below, aside from the first and last two entries.

Multiple Very Serious Injuries Plus Special DamagesVery SeriousUp to £1,000,000+
Brain DamageVery severe (a)£344,150 to £493,000
Neck InjurySevere (a)(i)In the region of £181,020
Moderate (b)(ii)£16,770 to £30,500
Knee InjurySevere (a)(i)£85,100 to £117,410
Arm InjuryLess severe (c)£23,430 to £47,810
Back InjuryModerate (b)(ii)£15,260 to £33,880
Shoulder InjurySerious (b)£15,580 to £23,430
Moderate (c)£9,630 to £15,580
Elbow InjuryModerate or minor (c)Up to £15,370

You may also be awarded special damages. This compensates you for the financial losses your injuries have caused you, such as:

  • A loss of earnings.
  • Medical expenses.
  • Travel costs.
  • Care costs.

Providing evidence of these losses with documents such as payslips and bank statements could help support your chances of receiving special damages.

Contact our advisors today to discuss your claim and receive a free valuation of your potential compensation.

What Is The Whiplash Reform Programme?

The way claims for certain road traffic accidents are made in England and Wales has changed with the introduction of the Whiplash Reform Programme. This applies to claims being made if you are:

  • A driver or passenger of a vehicle.
  • Aged 18 or over.
  • Claiming for injuries worth £5,000 or under. This includes injuries such as whiplash.

Your whiplash injuries will be valued in line with the tariff set out by the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. Some examples of these tariffs are included in the table above. However, any additional injuries you have suffered that are not set out in this tariff will be valued in the traditional way.

Contact our advisors today if you are unsure what avenue you should take when making your claim. Additionally, they could connect you to one of our car accident solicitors who have years of experience working on various car accident claims and could help you with yours.

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How Could No Win No Fee Car Accident Solicitors Help Me?

No Win No Fee, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), is a way of making the personal injury compensation claims process affordable to all accident victims when working with car accident solicitors.

With this in place, there is nothing to pay to your law firm upfront. If they win the case, then their fee is payable, but if they are unsuccessful and fail to win you compensation, there is nothing to pay. This provides peace of mind in the sense that you can be confident your car accident injury solicitor will work hard to procure the maximum sum possible on your behalf. It also ensures that all those who have sustained injuries in an accident through no fault of their own are able to claim what is due.

If you have been involved in a car accident, you could already be struggling financially. You may have incurred additional costs such as those associated with recovery, like physiotherapy or massage treatment. If you have children, you may have had to pay extra in childcare so they can be looked after while you attend your various medical appointments. If your accident has left you unable to drive, you might be reliant on public transport or private taxis to get around – all of which comes at a price.

Furthermore, if you are incurring all of this while you are off work recovering, you could be having to pay out extra fees without earning any income, something that can place you under immense emotional and mental strain. With No Win No Fee car accident solicitors, you can access professional legal representation without having to worry about finding the money to pay upfront, which can be a big weight off your shoulders.

We have many years of experience and specialise in the personal injury field, so we are well versed in the laws and best practices in this sector. You can call us on 0800 073 8804 or speak to a representative online by using our claim online form or our live chat service. We’ll answer your questions while providing insight and advice regarding the claims process. Once you have spoken with one of our experts, you will have the information you need to help as you begin your fight for justice.

Useful links

If you have suffered a road traffic accident that resulted in injuries, you shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences without fair compensation. If you want advice from one of the UK’s leading claim management companies, get in touch with today on 0800 073 8804.

Vehicle insurance

This government website provides useful information regarding the next steps immediately following an accident. If you have questions regarding whether or not you can obtain insurance following an accident involving an uninsured or a hit and run driver, you can obtain some guidance here.

THINK! – Seatbelts

Wearing a seatbelt is mandatory by law, and also greatly increases your chances of surviving a potentially-fatal accident. This site provides facts and figures around seatbelt usage, and also demonstrates what can happen in the event you don’t buckle up behind the wheel.

How much could I claim?

For many motorists who have been in an accident, using a car accident claims calculator or a table to find out how much they could be owed in compensation is a priority. This can help you decide whether or not you want to proceed with your claim, and this helpful site provides a rough guide as to how much you could receive based on factors such as the nature and severity of your injuries, lost income, medical costs and more.

If you would like to speak to an adviser about car accident solicitors, then you can contact Legal Expert today. You can reach us by using the contact details found in this guide.

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