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Road Traffic Accidents

By Danielle Jordan. Last Updated 26th June 2024. In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know about road traffic accident claims—what criteria you need to meet, what evidence you may need, what the process involves, and how much compensation you could claim.

Road traffic accidents can cause a range of injuries, from minor sprains and strains to life-changing amputations. A claim could potentially be made by a road user if they are hurt in a road traffic accident caused by another party’s negligence.

To learn more about how to make road traffic accident claims, please browse the sections of our guide below:

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  1. Compensation Awards In Road Traffic Accident Claims
  2. The Criteria For Making A Road Traffic Accident Claim
  3. What Evidence Will I Need For My Road Traffic Accident Claim?
  4. Road Traffic Accident Claims Involving Uninsured Or Untraceable Drivers
  5. How Legal Expert Can Help You With A With No Win No Fee Road Traffic Accident Claim
  6. Learn More About Road Traffic Accident Claims

Compensation Awards In Road Traffic Accident Claims

There are many reasons why people may wish to make road traffic accident claims for compensation. One of these is the need for a payout in the wake of financial losses caused by their accident. There’s also the suffering and impact which injuries caused by a road traffic accident can cause. Any compensation awarded for injuries covers a category known as general damages.

The compensation that may be awarded will vary greatly depending on the type and severity of the injuries you’re claiming for. Road accident victims can claim compensation for minor and major injuries. This may include cuts and bruises from broken glass. Injuries to the wrists, ankles, shoulders or back may also be included. Whiplash injuries or injuries to the kidney, chest, eye, neck or liver could also be potentially covered.

InjurySeverityCompensation Guidelines
Multiple Very Serious Injuries Plus Special DamagesVery SeriousUp to £1,000,000+
Injuries Involving Brain DamageVery Severe (a)£344,150 to £493,000
Back InjuriesSevere (a)(i)£111,150 to £196,450
AmputationsBelow-knee Amputation of One Leg (a)(iv)£119,570 to £162,290
Other Arm InjuriesSevere (a)£117,360 to £159,770
Foot InjuriesVery Severe (c)£51,220 to £85,460
Knee InjuriesSevere (a)(i)£85,100 to £117,410
Neck InjuriesSevere (a)(iii)£55,500 to £68,330
Whiplash Injuries1+ whiplash injuries with 1= minor psychological injuries£4,345
1+ whiplash injuries£4,215

Can I Claim For Financial Losses Caused By A Road Traffic Accident?

Special damages may be awarded following a compensation claim to cover for financial losses inflicted by the accident. It is only a possibility to claim for special damages if you are eligible to claim for general damages. This head of your claim could cover lost earnings, prescriptions, and travel costs.

Will The Whiplash Reforms Affect My Claim?

Some road traffic accident claims in England and Wales might be impacted by the Whiplash Reform Programme. These reforms apply to those 18 or older, who suffered injuries valued at £5,000 or less as a driver or passenger in a vehicle.

If you suffered a whiplash injury, it will be valued in accordance with the tariff found in the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. These are fixed amounts. In our table above, we’ve listed a few of these tariffs. Additional injuries that are not covered by the tariff will be valued in the traditional manner.

Contact an advisor for a free personalised valuation of your road traffic accident compensation.

The Criteria For Making A Road Traffic Accident Claim

When using the roads all road users, including vehicle drivers, cyclists, motorbike riders and pedestrians owe a duty of care to each other. This means that they must navigate in a way that prevents injury and damage to themselves and others. To uphold this duty, road users need to comply with the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act 1988

However, you can only make a personal injury claim for road traffic accident compensation if you satisfy the eligibility criteria. This means that you must be able to prove that:

  • Another driver owed you a duty of care.
  • They breached this duty.
  • You suffered injuries because of this breach.

Direct any questions about road traffic accident claims to one of our team members. One of our advisors can offer you further information about personal injury claims and help identify whether you have a valid case for compensation.

What Evidence Will I Need For My Road Traffic Accident Claim?

Evidence is crucial when making a road traffic accident claim. This is because evidence backs up your case and illustrates who is responsible, how the accident happened, and how it has affected you. Some examples of evidence that you could use to support your road traffic accident claim include:

  •   Video footage: CCTV and dashcam footage of the accident can help prove how it happened and who is at fault.
  •   Medical evidence: Taking pictures of your injuries and submitting your medical records can help illustrate the severity of your injuries and the level of treatment you received. These can work alongside the results of an independent medical assessment.
  •   Witness statements: Taking the contact details of potential witnesses means that their statements can be taken by a professional at a later date.

To learn more about the road traffic accident claims process, or to get more information on collecting evidence, contact our team of advisors today.

Road Traffic Accident Claims Involving Uninsured Or Untraceable Drivers

When claiming for a road traffic accident caused by a driver, the driver’s insurance company is usually responsible for covering any compensation owed. You may ask, however, what happens if the offending driver does not have any insurance? Another problem arises in hit-and-run cases. Who do you file a case against if you do not know who the offending driver is?

In both cases above, you could submit your claim with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (the MIB). The MIB was specifically set up to ensure that all road accident victims of untraceable and uninsured can be fairly and promptly compensated.

How Legal Expert Can Help You With A With No Win No Fee Road Traffic Accident Claim

Hiring a personal injury solicitor can allow you to focus more on recovering from your injuries. The solicitor can also use their knowledge and experience to guide you through the legal process of claiming. For these reasons, we highly recommend hiring a solicitor who has experience in handling road traffic accident claims. We can potentially offer solicitors with such experience if you contact us for support.

If you are eligible to start a claim and choose one of our solicitors to support you, they will work with you on a No Win No Fee basis. This brings several benefits, including not needing to pay any upfront legal fees. You’ll only need to pay your solicitor’s legal fees after the case is closed and only if you have won your case and received compensation. Your No Win No Fee solicitor will take a legally-capped percentage of your compensation to cover their legal fees.

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