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Car accidents are, unfortunately, quite common in the UK, with over 25,000 drivers being involved in critical accidents within the last year. Having a car accident can have long-term effects leading to severe consequences, such as loss of earnings, an inability to care for others or being forced to take long periods of time off work.

If you have been injured in a car accident and you were not responsible for the accident, you may be entitled 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 may be eligible to make a claim due to the pain and suffering you endured.

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Car Accident Solicitors Leeds: Common causes of car accidents

You could be eligible to make a car accident claim if you are injured on the road as a result of a variety of reasons. Here are some of the most common reasons that lead to compensation claims: 

Other vehicle drivers – Other road users are the most common reason that accidents occur. Drivers of other motor vehicles such as motorcyclists, buses, cyclists and cars can all make errors on the road, which can lead to critical incidents. 

Road conditions – Another reason that causes car accidents to occur are neglected roads. Over time, road conditions can become damaged, and they can deteriorate, which makes driving on them much less safe. It is the local authorities obligation to ensure that roads are maintained and potholes do not occur. 

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. 

Pedestrians – Pedestrians can also cause car accidents as they can step out into the road, resulting in a driver needing to swerve to avoid hitting them, which can force a driver into another vehicle. 

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.

Common injuries associated with car accidents

Car accidents can result is serious and sometimes even life-threatening injuries. The severity of the injuries depends on the type of car accident. The most common types of injuries you could suffer following a car accident include: 

Head injury – Trauma to the head has the potential to be incredibly serious as it can result in concussions, and in more serious cases, long-term brain damage. 

Spinal injuries – Spinal injuries can be serious as they can cause life-changing injuries and can lead to a loss of mobility or even paralysis. 

Broken bones – Broken arms, shoulders, legs and even hips can occur as a result of car accidents. This is due to the fact that a car accident can put a large amount of force on your body which your bones cannot withstand, resulting in agonising bone breaks. 

Whiplash – Whiplash injuries are one of the most common injuries that are associated with car accidents. Whiplash happens during the impact of a vehicle collision which causes your head to suddenly move in a direction due to the force. It can be painful and can last for a long time after the accident. 

Internal bleeding – Internal bleeding can be sustained following a car accident and can have serious implications. It has the potential to be fatal if it is not treated immediately after a car accident. 

Cuts and scrapes – Cuts and scrapes can occur as a result of car accidents. They can happen due to debris or broken glass caused by the accident. The severity of these cuts can vary depending on where they are located on your body.

 

Car Accident Solicitors Leeds: 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.

How much will it cost to make my 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.

The level of injuries compensation you receive will depend on the extent of your injuries and the impact the accident had on your lifestyle.

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

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

Our specialist accident claim solicitors are highly experienced in handling road traffic claims. We have helped with claims in Leeds and the surrounding areas.

We have personal injury solicitors in Leeds and the surrounding areas that have acted for different types of personal injury claims, such as medical negligence claims, slips, trips and falls, criminal injuries, and workplace accident 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 accident 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 are registered in England and Wales.

For more information on road traffic accident claims, please visit our road traffic accidents page and for information on accidents in the workplace, please visit our accidents at work page.

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

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