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Foreign Vehicle Car Accident Claims – How much Compensation Amounts

By Fern Mitchell. Last Updated 24th March 2021. Welcome to our guide on foreign vehicle car accident claims. No matter whether you have been overseas for work or pleasure, there is no denying that being involved in a road traffic accident would have been the last thing on your agenda. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident overseas, you may assume that you won’t be able to secure compensation or that the process will be lengthy and complex. In fact, this could not be further from the truth, especially thanks to the Green Card system. This system ensures that you can secure compensation in a manner that is almost identical to seeking compensation if you were involved in a car accident here in the UK.

With that in mind, read on to find out everything you need to know or call us on 0800 073 8804 to start your claim.

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A guide to car accidents or road accidents involving a foreign vehicle claims

foreign vehicle car accident claims

foreign vehicle car accident claims

Making a claim against a foreign driver may seem like a daunting process, but you have nothing to worry about. We have many years of experience in dealing with MIB foreign insurers, so you can be certain that we are best placed to secure the maximum amount of compensation for you. But, before you give us a call to discuss your case, read our guide below if you have had a car accident with a foreign driver. You will find details on how to claim, eligibility, the Green Card, average payout amounts, and much more. If you have any questions about anything in this guide or would like further advice on foreign vehicle car accident claims, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

What is a foreign vehicle accident claim?

A foreign vehicle accident claim is a personal injury claim that is launched when the victim has suffered at the hands of another driver overseas. If you have been involved in any type of car accident overseas and it was not your fault, you will be able to launch a claim for compensation.

Statistics regarding road traffic accidents around the world

Every year, roughly 1.25 million people die due to road traffic accidents. Such accidents are the leading cause of death amongst people aged between 5 and 29-years-old. There are also some countries that are more dangerous than others. Despite the fact that low and middle-income countries have roughly 60 per cent of the world’s vehicles, they also have 93 per cent of the world’s fatalities. This is shocking, to say the least.

Some of the worst places for road traffic accidents include Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and the United States. Switzerland, Sweden, Iceland and Norway are amongst the safest countries for road users, as the graph below based on data from the Department of Transport shows.

Foreign vehicle car accident claims statistics graph

Foreign vehicle car accident claims statistics graph


What to do if you are involved in a car accident involving a foreign vehicle

If you have been involved in a car accident overseas, it is important to take the necessary steps to gather as much evidence as possible. This includes:

  • Seeing a medical professional – Of course, your health always comes first, which is why it is vital to see a doctor. You may feel fine after the accident, but whiplash often takes days to appear, and it gets worse over time. Seeing a doctor can also boost your case, as the medical report provided is a crucial piece of evidence.
  • Take photos at the scene – Take photographs of any damage to the scene and/or your car. If your injuries are visible, it would be a good idea to take photos of those too.
  • Make a note of everything that happened – As soon as you get the opportunity, make a note of everything that occurred. This will ensure that you do not overlook any important details.
  • Get contact information – You need to get the contact and insurance details of the person that caused the accident. This includes their name, telephone number, and address. If the person has fled the scene, it can be a little bit more difficult, but we can still launch a claim. You should also get the contact information of anyone that witnessed the accident. Witness statements can really boost the strength of your case.
  • Keep proof of expenses – When making an insurance claim against a foreign driver, you will be able to claim for any expenses you have encountered as a direct consequence of your injuries. Common examples include loss of income, childcare costs, the cost of counselling, prescription expenses, travel costs, and much more. However, in order to claim these special damages, you are going to need proof, so keep a hold of your receipts and don’t throw away any important documents.

Our next section will look at the foreign vehicle car accident claims process. If this is of interest to you, please read on. 

How to begin a car accident or road traffic accident involving a foreign vehicle injury claim

If you want to make a car accident claim against a foreign vehicle driver, all you need to do is give us a call. The claim process is really easy and straightforward. We will begin every client relationship with a free consultancy session. This is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. It is also a good chance for us to find out the facts about your case. This is simply so that we can advise you in the best possible manner. We can also arrange a local medical for you if needed, and you will be pleased to know that we work to a No Win No Fee payment structure as well. You can find out more about this at the end of the guide.

Road traffic accident involving a foreign vehicle at work claims

If you were working overseas and you were injured in a road traffic accident, you may have grounds for compensation. The key to a successful claim is proving liability. You need to show that someone else was to blame for the accident you were involved in. No matter whether this was your employer or someone else on the road who caused the accident, we can help you to get the money you are entitled to.

If you’d like to know more about the Green Card system’s role in foreign vehicle car accident claims, then please read on. Or for information on starting your claim, get in touch with us today. 

What is the Green Card system?

The Green Card MIB system makes it easy for you to claim if you have been involved in a car accident with a foreign vehicle. You will claim much in the same way as you would if you had a car crash in the UK. The only difference is that you will be making a claim to the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB).

How does the Green Card system work?

The Green Card is an international certificate of insurance. It means that motorists that are overseas will have the minimum compulsory insurance cover that is needed by the law of the country they are in.

The United Nations (UN) Green Card system is recognised in 47 countries at the time of writing. This includes all EU countries, the additional countries that make up the European Economic Area (EEA), as well as Russia and Switzerland. The system was developed to enable vehicles to move freely between countries, as well as making sure that victims of accidents involving foreign registered vehicles are not at a disadvantage.

Motor insurance is not impacted by the Green Card itself. Instead, when it comes to participating countries’ motor insurance policies, it acts as proof that all of the minimum legal requirements for third party liability are covered. This is why it is vital for settling accident claims.

For more information on what can be included in foreign vehicle car accident claims, continue to the next section. Or, if you’d like more free legal advice about your claim, get in touch with us today. 

What can be claimed for after a road traffic accident involving a foreign vehicle causing injury?

When making a claim for a road traffic accident that happened overseas, you will be able to claim for the following:

  • General damages – This is the payout you will receive to compensate you for the pain and suffering you have encountered.
  • Medical expenses
  • Travel expenses
  • Care claim – If someone has helped you around the house while you recover, they will be able to launch a care claim.
  • Loss of earnings – You can also claim for loss of future anticipated earnings.

The most common types of road traffic accident involving a foreign vehicle

There are many different types of road accidents that can happen overseas. Common examples include:

  • Car crashes caused by speeding
  • The other driver pulling out too fast at a roundabout
  • A car hit by a foreign driver because they were on their phone
  • Accident with a foreign lorry driver who lost control of his/her vehicle
  • Crashes due to the driver being under the influence of alcohol
  • Car park accidents
  • … and many, many more!

How much compensation will I get after a road traffic accident involving a foreign vehicle? (Updated March 2021)

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident while overseas, one thing you will want to know is how much compensation you could receive. Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with an accurate answer to this question.

This is because every personal injury claim is different; there are many factors and variables that come together to determine how much compensation you will receive. The last thing we want to do is promise you ‘x’ amount when there is no way of guaranteeing this. No solicitor should ever give you false hope by stating a payout amount, which they simply won’t be able to back up.

One thing we can do, though, is take you through the typical payout amounts for injuries that are most commonly sustained during road traffic accidents. This can give you a good understanding of the level of payout you could be entitled to. If you cannot find your injury in the table below, or you have any other queries regarding payout amounts, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly and professional team will be more than happy to assist.

Reason for compensationTypical payout amountComments
Minor back injuriesUp to £11,730There are a number of factors that are considered to decipher your payout level when it comes to minor back injuries. This includes how severe the initial injury was, the symptoms you have experienced and the consistency of them, the degree of pain encountered, and the extent of any treatment you have needed. Claims amounting to the bottom end of this bracket are those whereby a full recovery is made in a few months.
Moderate back injuries£11,730 to £36,390At the higher end of the payout bracket, we have cases that involve residual disability, albeit of a lesser severity when compared with the more serious cases of back injury. Lower payouts are awarded for cases whereby there is muscle and ligament disturbance, which causes backache and soft tissue injuries.
Severe back injuries£36,390 to £151,070The highest compensation level is awarded when the claimant has experienced a severe back injury, which involves damage to the spinal cords and nerve roots. At the lower end of this payment bracket, we have cases involving soft tissue injuries, disc lesions, or disc fractures, which result in chronic conditions.
Minor neck injuriesUp to £7,410There are numerous factors that are considered when deciphering how much payout you will receive. This includes the severity of the neck injury, as well as the symptoms you have experienced and their consistency, pain intensity, your ability to work, and the impact your injury has had on your daily life. Whether any medication is needed will also be considered. The lowest payout is simply for cases whereby there has been a full recovery within a couple of months.
Moderate neck injuries£7,410 to £36,120At the higher end of this payout bracket, we have fractures or dislocations, which result in immediate symptoms of a high severity. At the lower end of this payout bracket, we have claims whereby the claimant has experienced a pre-existing condition being accelerated or exacerbated.
Severe neck injuries£42,680 to around £139,210If you have experienced a neck injury that has caused incomplete paraplegia or permanent spastic quadriparesis, you can expect the highest payout. The lower payout amount in this bracket is for cases whereby the person has suffered a very severe fracture, dislocation, or soft tissue damage.
Leg injuries (Amputations) £91,950 to £264,650Top end of this bracket will be awarded where both legs are lost above the knee, or one leg below the knee and the other above the knee to a high level. Awards at the bottom of this bracket will be associated with the below-knee amputation of one leg.
Severe leg injuries £36,790 to £127,530Injuries at the top of this bracket will be awarded for the most serious injuries short of amputation. The lower end of the bracket will be awarded in instances where serious compound fractures or injuries to joints or ligaments have resulted in instability, a lengthy period of none-weight-bearing, and the near certainty that arthritis will follow.
Moderate leg injuries £26,050 to £36,790This bracket includes complicated or multiple fractures or severe crushing injuries, generally to a single limb. The level of award will depend on the extent of treatment, any impact on employment, muscle wasting, scarring or vulnerability to future damage.
Less serious leg injuries (fractures from which an incomplete recovery is made or serious soft tissue injuries) £16,860 to £26,050In the case of fracture injuries, the injured person will have made a reasonable recovery but will be left with a metal implant and/or defective gait, a limp, impaired mobility, sensory loss, discomfort or an exacerbation of a pre-existing disability.
Less serious leg injuries £8,550 to £13,210

Simple fractures of a femur with no damage to articular surfaces
Less serious leg injuries
Up to £11,110

Simple fractures to tibia or fibula or soft tissue injuries

No Win No Fee foreign vehicle road traffic accident claims

One of the best things about working with our solicitors is that we only launch No Win No Fee road accident foreign vehicle claims. What does this mean? Well, No Win No Fee is a term used to describe our payment structure. It basically means that you do not need to pay any legal fees if we do not win your case. If your claim is successful, then we’ll take a legally capped success fee to cover our costs.

This offers you a significant degree of monetary protection, as it means you will never find yourself in a position whereby you have a legal bill, yet you do not have any compensation to cover the cost.

This merely scratches the surface of the benefits associated with this approach. As our solicitors are accountable for the service they provide, you can be sure that we will always put in 100 per cent when attempting to secure compensation for you. If you opt for the services of a solicitor that chargers per hour, win or lose, they will receive the same pay at the end of the day. This could mean that they do not give your case the attention it deserves. It can also mean that they may take on your case even if it does not have a strong chance of compensation. We won’t waste your time like this.

If you’d like to know more about No Win No Fee foreign vehicle car accident claims, don’t hesitate to call us today.

Why choose us as your claims service for a road traffic accident claim?

There are a number of reasons why you should choose us as your claims service if you want to make an insurance claim against a foreign driver. This includes the fact that we have many years of experience: not only in the industry in general but in regards to foreign vehicle car accident claims. You can rest assured that we will have handled cases similar to yours before.

We also have an exceptional reputation in the industry, which should give you complete peace of mind when choosing our service. One of the reasons we have achieved such a good name is because of our customer centric approach. Our customers are always at the heart of everything we do. It is our aim to secure the maximum amount of compensation in the most efficient manner so that you can focus on the recovery process and getting your life back.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you have had a car accident foreign vehicle involved and you want to make a claim, all you need to do is give us a call. You can reach our team on 0800 073 8804. You will speak to one of our experienced and friendly professionals, who will happily answer any questions you have, no matter how big or small. If you are ready to make a claim, you will be matched to the best in-house solicitor on our team based on the ins and outs of your case. This ensures that we can provide you with the very best service.

Helpful links

Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB)

Take a look at our guide on Motor Insurers Bureau compensation claim amounts. You will find out information on what the MIB does, what can be claimed for when making these types of claims, and what to do if you are involved in an accident with an uninsured driver.

Motor Insurers Bureau Foreign Vehicles

You can use this link to find a UK representative of a foreign insurance company. All you need to do is select the country in question, after which you will be asked for a green card number and to select the insurer. You will then be presented with an agent, address, telephone number, and email address. A Guide On Car Accident Claims

This is our general guide to car accident compensation claims. You will find information on starting such a claim, average payouts, and using a No Win No Fee service. A guide on whiplash compensation amounts

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained as a result of a road traffic accident. This is our most recent whiplash compensation calculator and payout guide. It provides plenty of useful information on whiplash claims.

Skiing Accident Claims

This guide explores making a holiday accident claim following a skiing accident.

NHS- Medical care when travelling abroad

An NHS guide to obtaining medical care in another country

GOV.UK- Driving abroad

Government advice on driving overseas

Who Is At Fault If You Are Rear-Ended?

A useful guide on liability in road traffic accidents.

How To Prove A Whiplash Injury

Our guide on this matter.

Other guides you may find beneficial:

Foreign vehicle car accident claims- FAQs

How much compensation can you get for a car accident?

The amount paid out for a car accident will vary from case to case. It’s based on your specific injuries, and any other losses you’ve incurred because of the accident.

How long do I have to claim through MIB?

The time limit for claiming through MIB is three years from the date of the accident. After this period, claims won’t be able to be submitted.

How long will an MIB claim take to process?

This can vary. If your claim is relatively simple, and liability is clear, it could be settled within a few months. More complex claims or ones where liability is disputed will take longer.

How is MIB funded?

Any insurer providing compulsory motor insurance is required to contribute to MIB funding. This means that MIB are funded by motorists’ insurance premiums.

Should I seek medical attention after an accident?

If you’re injured, yes. This will not only make sure you get the treatment you need but will serve as a record of your injuries which could support your claim.

What can you claim from MIB?

A claim to MIB can include general damages for pain and suffering, as well as special damages which include compensation for time taken off work, travel expenses and medical treatment you’ve paid for.

Can I claim compensation for my child’s injuries?

Yes. You can claim as your child’s litigation friend up until they turn 18. If they turn 18 and you still haven’t made a claim, they have 3 years from their 18th birthday to do so themselves.

What kind of injuries can I claim for in foreign vehicle car accident claims?

Injuries that can be claimed for include whiplash, soft tissue damage, sprains and strains and broken bones. This isn’t an exhaustive list, so contact us today to see if you could be owed compensation.

Thank you for reading our guide on foreign vehicle car accident claims.

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