If you’ve been in a road traffic accident you may soon find yourself in financial trouble. This could be because of a loss of earnings, having to rely on taxis to get you about, or for any other number of reasons.
If the accident wasn’t your fault, making a road traffic claim could potentially ensure these costs are covered.
Road traffic accidents in the UK
While the UK’s roads are some of the safest in the world, there are still far too many casualties every year. The latest statistics show that in 2010 more than 200,000 casualties caused by road traffic accidents were reported to the police. Of these 1,850 people were killed and 22,660 were injured.
These numbers include drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and bikers – basically anyone that may find themselves on the road.
What road accident injury can I claim for?
From a few cuts and bruises to broken bones, road accidents can cause a huge range of injuries. The most common injury that people involved in road traffic accidents make claims for is whiplash.
However, you may be able to make a claim for any genuine injury suffered due to a road traffic accident if you weren’t at fault.
Do I have to use the road accident solicitor my insurer recommends?
You’re legally entitled to choose any solicitor you’d like to make a road traffic accident claim for you.
Your insurer may want to arrange a solicitor for you. After considering all your options you may decide that this solicitor is the best choice for you. Just make sure you take the clever route and find out whether this solicitor will have your interests or the interests of your insurer most closely at heart.
You are well within your right to choose whichever solicitor you like! Do your research and find a road traffic accident claims solicitor you’re comfortable with. It doesn’t have to be the solicitor recommended by your insurer!
How much compensation will I get for my road traffic accident claim?
The large range of injuries that can be sustained on the road means that giving an accurate estimate of how much compensation you may receive is difficult.
Whiplash claims in the UK usually have a payout of around £2,000 but depending on the severity of the injury it can be much lower or higher.
I want to make a road traffic accident claim – what do I do next?
Getting in touch with a specialist road traffic accident solicitor is the first step to receiving the compensation you deserve.
Start researching your options and speak to several different solicitors before deciding who is best to represent you in your pursuit of compensation.