Road traffic accidents

Road traffic accidents are a daily occurrence on Britain’s roads. Road accidents cost thousands of lives and cause significant injuries every year.

If you are unfortunate enough to suffer a road traffic accident, which was not your fault, you might be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation. Whether you were the driver or passenger of a car, motorcyclist or victim of a ‘hit and run’ you will, no doubt, have experienced severe pain and suffering and could be entitled to make a road traffic accident claim. Road accident claims are the most common cause of personal injury claim.

Our specialist personal injury solicitors are highly experienced in handling road traffic claims. We have recovered substantial damages for client’s injured on the road.

Car accident claims are most commonly made for whiplash – a neck injury caused by a sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or sideways, but can be made for a variety of other injuries, including broken bones, bruises, and psychological injuries. Often the injuries suffered can be far more serious and can cause the victim to suffer amputation, burns, spinal damage, brain damage, or fatalities.

Depending on how the road traffic accident happens, the severity of the injuries sustained can vary tremendously. The speed the cars are travelling when the car accident happens will have some bearing on the severity of the injuries sustained, as well as how well equipped the vehicles are with safety features such as seatbelts, airbags and side impact bars.

You are obviously better protected if you are in a road traffic accident if you are inside a vehicle such as a car, bus or lorry than you would be if you were a cyclist, motorcyclist or pedestrian.

What should I do after a road traffic accident?

If you’re involved in a road accident:-

  • Stop and remain at the scene for a reasonable period;
  • Give your vehicle registration number, name and address, and that of the vehicle owner (if different) to anyone with reasonable grounds for asking for those details;
  • Produce your certificate of insurance to any person at the scene who has reasonable grounds to view it;
  • If you do not exchange those details at the scene, you must report the incident at a police station or to a police constable within 24 hours of the accident occurring;
  • Report the accident to your insurance company within a reasonable time. This tends to be an explicit term in your insurance policy, and any failure to report an incident may result in your insurers refusing to cover you;
  • Make sure you have the full names and addresses of the other parties involved, their vehicle registration numbers (together with make, model and colour) and the names, addresses and policy numbers of their insurance companies;
  • Make sure you have the full names and addresses of any eye-witnesses involved (including all passengers), and their vehicle registration numbers (together with make, model and colour);
  • Make a sketch of the accident location, to include street names, vehicle positions, direction of travel, skid marks, collision points, and vehicle damage. Use a camera to take photos of the road layout, positions of vehicles, and vehicle damage.

How will my road traffic accident be handled?

The less serious injuries will be dealt with by one of our specialist personal injury solicitors. The claim will be submitted to the other party’s insurers via the “RTA claims process”. The aim of this process is to facilitate quick settlement by inviting early admissions from insurers and coming to speedy settlement by frank and efficient negotiation. If however, your symptoms are far more serious, your case will be dealt with by one of our serious injury team.

We can act for children, vehicle drivers, passengers, pedestrians, motor cyclists, passengers on public transport, and victims of uninsured or untraceable drivers.

For a free no obligation assessment of your claim call one of our specialist personal injury lawyers today on free phone 08000 88 66 44 or complete our online enquiry form and one of our experts shall call you back.