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Car accidents occur on roads in the UK every day, with over 25,000 drivers being involved in serious accidents within the last year. Having a car accident can have serious and long-term consequences, which can lead to victims needing to take extended periods of time off work.

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and you were not at fault, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation, and it is likely that you will have many questions. Below is a summary of what you can make a car accident claim for and how Beacon law can help.

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Car accident solicitors London: Common types of car accidents

There are a variety of reasons that you may be able to make a car accident claim. Here are just some of the main causes of car accidents that we see that lead to compensation claims.

Other vehicle drivers – Car accidents that you were not liable for are usually caused by other road users. This includes drivers of other motor vehicles such as buses, cars, motorcyclists and cyclists. All of these vehicles can make mistakes on the road, which can potentially lead to accidents.

Road Conditions – Poor road conditions can also lead to car accidents. If roads are neglected, they can deteriorate, which makes driving on them a lot more hazardous. It is the local authority’s role to maintain roads and fix them wherever it is needed.

Pedestrians – Pedestrians also have the potential to cause road traffic accidents, even if it is unintentional. Pedestrians can step out into the road without properly checking for cars, resulting in you swerving away from them to avoid them. This sharp, sudden movement can cause you to hit another vehicle or cause an accident.

Weather Conditions – Poor weather conditions, such as heavy rainfall or snow, can affect a driver’s visibility or handling of the car, which heightens the chances of being involved in an incident dramatically.

Health and medication – Particular health conditions and medications can cause road traffic accidents. Certain types of medication can affect a driver’s concentration as they can cause dizziness or fatigue. This can lead to poor decision making or even falling asleep at the wheel, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal accidents.

The amount of compensation you receive for your accident will depend upon the seriousness of the injuries sustained. Contact our firm of specialist car accident solicitors London to find out if you could claim.

What should I do after a car accident?

Firstly, if you have been involved in a car accident, you should seek medical attention immediately to assess the extent of your injuries and determine whether you will require any further medical treatment.

No matter how minor the damage to your vehicle is, you should always exchange your motor insurers company details with anyone involved in the car accident. You should then also report the accident to the authorities within 24 hours; if the accident involved a hit and run, you should contact the police with any information that you have regarding the accident.

Ensure that you receive the full names and details of any other parties involved in the incident, their vehicle registration numbers and the names and addresses of any eyewitnesses of the accident.

Also, you should keep any receipts for any financial losses, such as vehicle damage repairs, medical treatment costs or travel costs, as you could potentially be reimbursed at a later date. If the car accident that you were in involved an uninsured driver, you may still be eligible to make a compensation claim as the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) could potentially be able to assist you. The MIB assist when the normal routes to compensation might be difficult to trace or simply do not exist.

Insurance companies may attempt to offer you a lower amount to settle the claim early; however, you should not accept any offer until you have received advice from our car accident solicitors as they can make sure that you are receiving the best compensation for your injuries.

 

Car accident solicitors London: Time limits for making a claim

There is a three-year time limit on all personal injury claims including car accident claims. After the three-year deadline, your claim will become statute-barred, meaning that you will lose any entitlement to make a claim for compensation after three years of the accident date (or from the date on which you became aware that your injury was caused by the Road Traffic Accident).

We would recommend making a claim as soon as possible as the deadline relates to the settlement of the case, not the initiation of the case. If the case takes longer than expected to settle, the Court may allow for an extension past the three-year deadline.

The three-year deadline does not affect under 18s; however, the deadline will come into effect after their 18th birthday. If an individual is not able to make a claim, a litigation friend, such as a family member, could be permitted to make a claim on their behalf.

We would recommend making a claim as soon as possible as the deadline relates to the settlement of the case, not the initiation of the case. If the case takes longer than expected to settle, the Court may allow for an extension past the three-year deadline.

Car accident solicitors London: How much will it cost to make a claim?

We offer our services and legal advice for making a claim on a no win no fee basis. This means that if you lose your case, you will not be required to pay anything.

A no win, no fee agreement is used as a way of funding a case where the accident victim does not have the means to pay the costs involved as the case progresses. When acting under this type of agreement, Solicitors will require that their Clients sign a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) which means that they agree to pay fees, but only if the claim is successful.

Most Claimants will opt to instruct a firm of no-win, no fee solicitors to act on their behalf so that they do not have to pay any legal fees upfront and there is less of a financial risk. They may also be worried about being left out of pocket if their claim is unsuccessful.

How can Beacon Law, car accident solicitors London, assist?

Beacon Law are a law firm comprised of specialist personal injuries and road traffic accident solicitors with a wealth of experience in dealing with claims for compensation. We can provide you with specialist legal advice on making the claim process and guide you whilst negotiating the best settlement for your accident and your injuries.

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.

We work closely with all clients, following their instructions whilst providing specialist legal advice on each case. We aim to support all our clients throughout a time that is already difficult and provide the best case management possible throughout all legal proceedings.

We have solicitors in London and the surrounding areas that have acted for different types of personal injury claims, such as medical negligence claims and accident at work claims.

If you have suffered an injury in any type of accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Get in touch today to find out if we can help.

For a free, no-obligation assessment of your claim, call one of our specialist personal injury lawyers today on 0330 1332 857 or complete our online enquiry form, and one of our experts will call you back. We act for claims in London, and we are registered in England and Wales.

For more information on road traffic accident claims, please visit our road traffic accidents page.

Beacon Law is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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