A Guide to Car Accident Claim Solicitors
You might want to use the services of car accident claim solicitors to claim compensation if you’ve experienced an injury on the roads that was caused by the negligence of another road user. In this guide, we explore the duty of care all road users owe to each other and what could happen if this is breached.
We look at the legislation that governs road safety and provides a few examples of how it applies. In addition, we look at how different road users could cause an accident.
We can’t provide you with an exact settlement for a car accident, however, we can provide example settlements. We’ll also look at how legal professionals come to these settlement values.
If you decide to go forward with a car accident compensation claim, you might find the process easier with car accident claim solicitors. Having legal representation could be expensive and you may be tempted to represent yourself. However, you could have a solicitor using a No Win No Fee agreement. We look at what this means and why it could prove beneficial to your claim.
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You might be entitled to compensation for a car accident if you’ve been injured while on the roads. The claims process could run more smoothly if you use car accident claim solicitors.
In order to claim compensation for harm caused in a road traffic accident, you will need to show that:
- You were owed a duty of care
- This duty was breached; and
- Your injury occurred as a direct result of the accident.
A personal injury solicitor might be able to help you determine if the above criteria apply. Furthermore, they can help you collect evidence to strengthen your claim.
Our advisors are waiting to discuss your car crash injuries. If they feel you have a valid case, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee lawyer from our panel.
If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident, you might like to know how much compensation for a car accident you could get. An exact figure cannot be worked out as there are a number of variables that could affect your potential claim amount.
However, we can provide you with estimates of your potential general damages, which is the part of the settlement that relates to the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by your injuries. We can also look at what you might be able to recover under special damages, which is the head of the claim relating to the financial losses you’ve experienced.
As part of your car crash claim, you might be invited to an independent medical assessment. This is to gain a fuller understanding of your injuries and any psychological injuries suffered as a result. If you choose to work with a solicitor from our panel, they may be able to arrange this for you in your local area.
The head of your claim that compensates for your physical and psychological injuries experienced due to your injuries is called general damages. This head is awarded in all successful claims.
Legal professionals use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help assign value to injuries. Within this document is a list of injuries with their guideline compensation bracket. We’ve provided examples from the 16th edition, which was published in April 2022, in the table below.
|Leg amputation (iii)||£104,830 to £137,470||One leg amputated above the knee.|
|Severe neck injuries (ii)||£65,740 to £130,930||Serious fractures or disc damage causing disabilities.|
|Bowel injuries (d)||£44,590 to £69,730||Function impairment from severe abdominal injuries.|
|Moderate pelvis and hip injuries (i)||£26,590 to £39,170||Significant injury, but no major permanent disability.|
|Moderately severe post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)||£23,150 to £59,860||The impact of PTSD symptoms cause significant disability for the foreseeable future. However, there is some recovery with professional help.|
|Less severe facial scarring||£17,960 to £48,420||Significant psychological reaction from facial scarring.|
|Serious shoulder injuries||£12,770 to £19,200||Pain in shoulder and neck, aching elbow and sensory problems down the arm from dislocation and lower brachial plexus damage.|
|Chest injuries (d)||£12,590 to £17,960||Simple injury with some permanent tissue damage but no significant long-term lung function impairments.|
|Moderate back injuries (ii)||£12,510 to £27,760||Backache from disturbance of ligaments and muscles and soft tissue injuries that result in acceleration or exacerbation of pre-existing back condition.|
|Traumatic injury to the digestive system (iii)||£6,610 to £12,590||For example, serious seat-belt pressure.|
In order to claim under this head, you must be able to supply evidence of the losses you’ve experienced. This could take the form of receipts or payslips, for example.
You could recover:
- Loss of earnings/future earnings
- Cosmetic devices and surgery
- Medical aids
- Home adaptations.
Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021
The way you claim for injuries valued at £5,000 or less changed for injuries that occurred on or after 31st May 2021. This could include minor neck injuries, such as whiplash.
If you’ve been involved in a road accident where you were the driver or passenger in a vehicle and aged 18 or over, and your injuries are worth £5,000 or less, then you would need to claim through a government portal. We always recommend you get in touch with us before starting a claim, however; you might be underestimating how much your injuries are worth. Your claim could be passed to one of the car accident claim solicitors on our panel, provided it’s valid.
Road users owe each other a duty of care under the Highway Code and Road Traffic Act 1988. This means that road users must behave in a manner that reduces injury risks to both themselves and other road users. This applies to all road users, not just drivers.
Other road users include, but are not limited to:
- Pedestrians. If a car is travelling above the speed limit, it might not have time to stop as a light turns red and a pedestrian begins crossing the road. This could result in them hitting the pedestrian, knocking them off their feet and causing a head injury.
- Motorcyclists. Motorbike users should wear a helmet and clothing that makes them visible in low light. However, drivers should check for motorcycles before changing lanes, for example, to prevent a motorcycle accident.
- Bicycle users. Cyclists are considered vulnerable road users and drivers should take care to prevent a cycling accident. For example, if a driver became distracted and swerved into a cycle lane, they could clip a cyclist’s bike and cause them to fall and break a leg.
Car accident claim solicitors could help ease the personal injury claims process. Our advisors could give you free legal advice about claiming for injuries from a car accident. If your claim seems eligible, they could pass it on to our panel of solicitors.
You might ask ‘how do I claim for a car accident injury?’. In this section, we aim to answer that question.
To claim for a car accident, you must be able to prove you were owed a duty of care and a breach in it resulted in your injuries. There are steps you could take after an accident that could help strengthen your claim.
Following a road traffic accident, you should:
- Seek medical attention. Medical records could help form part of the evidence that shows how you were injured.
- Request CCTV. You are within your rights to request CCTV footage of yourself if any exists. You could also use dashcam footage, either from your vehicle or someone else’s.
- Take photographs. These could be photographs of the scene or of your injuries.
- Note witness contact details. A legal professional could contact them at a later date for a statement.
- Seek legal advice. If you work with a personal injury lawyer, they could help increase the amount of compensation you receive. This is because they can advise you on everything you can claim for so it’s covered by your settlement.
Our advisors can discuss what evidence you could submit to strengthen your claim and may be able to pass it to one of the car accident claim solicitors from our panel. Get in touch with them today.
Those pursuing car accident claims could benefit from the guidance and support offered by a lawyer. However, you might find the upfront solicitors’ fees off-putting.
If this is the case, you might want to fund legal representation using a No Win No Fee agreement, or Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This means that you won’t be charged an upfront solicitors fee, or any ongoing fees for your solicitor’s work. Working with car accident claim solicitors that offer this kind of agreement can reduce the financial risk of working with a lawyer.
A No Win No Fee lawyer will take a success fee out of your car accident settlement if your claim is successful. This is a success fee and is subject to a legal cap. If your claim isn’t successful, however, you will not need to pay your solicitor for their services.
Get Advice On Using Car Accident Claim Solicitors
Free legal advice is available from our advisors 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you were injured in a car accident, our advisors can confirm whether you have a valid claim.
They can also discuss with you what evidence you could submit to strengthen your case. In addition, they can advise on what your settlement could be made up of and what evidence you should collect to prove your claim.
After discussing your potential claim with us, if it’s valid we could pass you onto our panel of personal injury solicitors. To get in touch, you can:
- Start your claim online
- Call us on the number at the top of this page
- Use the live chat feature below for an instant reply
We thought you might find the following links useful:
- First Aid on the Road Guide
- THINK!- The Government’s road safety campaign
- Whiplash Reforms Guide from the Government
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- Can I Claim For An Accident On Public Transport?
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- Compensation Amounts For A Car Park Accident Claim
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- What Are The Payouts For Pedestrian Accident Claims?
- How To Claim Whiplash As A Passenger
- Maximum Car Accident Claim Payouts
- How To Make A Passenger In A Car Accident Claim
- Can I Claim For A London Taxi Accident?
- MIB Claims After An Accident With An Untraced Driver
- What To Do When Making A Fatal Car Accident Claim
- Minor Car Accident – Can I Claim?
- Compensation Amounts For A Taxi Passenger Accident Claim
- A Guide To Taxi Accident Claims
- Calculating Your Whiplash Claim Amounts
- Where Can I Find The Best Pedestrian Accident Solicitors?
- What Is The Average Settlement For A Taxi Cab Accident?
If you have any more questions about car accident claim solicitors, get in touch with our team today.
Writer Danielle Ball
Editor Fern Stewart