It is an unfortunate fact that road accidents do happen every day despite the vast majority of road users being careful and highly competent drivers. However, careless driving is amongst one of the main causes of road accidents in the UK although they are also caused by other things such as the driver being distracted by passengers in their vehicle or things in the outside environment as well as other road users and bad roads and driving conditions.
However they are caused, there can be no doubting the physical and psychological consequences of being involved in a road accident. Those worst affected may never fully recover if their injuries and long-term mental stress or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can occur from the accident. If you are unfortunate enough to have been the victim of a road accident that was someone else’s fault, then you may be eligible to make a road accident compensation claim.
How much compensation could I be entitled to?
Firstly, if you have been involved in a road traffic accident, then you may be eligible to make a compensation claim. Call Tylers Solicitors today on 0800 699 0079, and we can guide you through the compensation claims process.
It is impossible to outline sums that may be awarded for injuries sustained in road accidents as each and every road accident is different. The sheer amount of different injuries it is possible to sustain in road accidents is innumerable, and victims can sustain any combination of injuries to different parts of the body. Some victims of road accidents can suffer injuries to a single part of their body and others can suffer multiple injuries to several different bodily regions.
You can find a list of all the different parts of the body that can be injured in road accidents listed on the right-hand side of our Types of Bodily Injury page. Simply click on the part of your body that has been injured in the accident, and you will find details of how much compensation you could be awarded. On these pages, you will also find other additional details regarding such things as signs and symptoms and the various treatment options available.
What Are The Most Common Injuries Caused By Road Accidents & How Are They Caused?
Road accidents and the injuries sustained can be caused by various factors. Although they are perhaps most commonly caused by negligent driving as a result of the driver accelerating and braking abruptly, they can also happen as a result of other factors beyond the driver’s control. Road accidents can result in all manner of different injuries with some of the most frequently reported being lacerations to the skin and bruising. Road accidents also have the ability to cause potentially very serious internal bleeding if passengers travelling in the vehicles involved are not wearing their seatbelts. This causes them to be moved around in a violent manner inside the vehicle in which they are travelling or thrown through the windscreen. Most cases of internal bleeding require extensive surgery for ruptured blood vessels to be repaired and will eventually lead to death if the bleeding cannot be stopped.
Injuries to the spine and neck are also strongly associated with road accidents and tend to be caused when a vehicle on the road crashes at high speed into the back of another that is stationary. Whiplash is one such specific injury that occurs when this happens and causes the neck to move suddenly backwards and forwards again. Whiplash can also be very serious, and symptoms may take some time to develop. Paralysis can also happen if damage to the spinal cord is sustained with the severity depending on where along its length the damage or severing has occurred. Brain injuries can also happen in road accidents if trauma is sustained by the head and can lead to extensive long-term, lasting damage. The damage could be bad enough to ensure the victim will require round the clock care for a lengthy period or indefinitely. Brain injuries can also eventually lead to psychological problems, changes in personality and conditions such as post-concussion syndrome.
What Should You Do After Being Injured In A Road Accident?
To give yourself the very best chance of receiving road accident compensation of an amount of which you’ll be happy, there are various things you should do. If your injuries are not of the most serious nature, you should phone the police and report the incident immediately. This is a legal requirement and doing so will avoid it being classed as a hit and run accident which at once makes it far more serious. While you wait for the police to arrive, it is strongly advised that you take notes about where the accident happened, how you believe it happened and when it happened as well as the details of the other drivers involved including their full names, insurance details and their number plate number. Taking other notes on the weather conditions at the time of the accident and the degree of visibility available will also undoubtedly help you greatly. The police will then arrive and take statements from you, eyewitnesses of the accident and anyone else directly involved to try and establish what exactly has happened and who at all may be to blame.
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Apart from taking notes, you should also take photographs of the accident scene if you can, using either a camera, your mobile phone or another comparable device. The usefulness of eyewitnesses cannot be underestimated as they can help greatly by providing an impartial view and so, therefore, help in determining who is to blame for the accident. This is why collecting evidence from them yourself, if possible, is so important. In the event of your injuries being more substantial in nature, you may be incapacitated and so reporting the incident to the police will have to be done by someone else instead before you are taken to hospital for treatment. The information compiled by the doctors treating you on arrival at the hospital will be used in a court of law should you decide to go ahead with making a road accident claim. This information will serve as evidence both of the injuries you have suffered as well as their overall magnitude. All such information will be considered and is sure to work in your favour if the accident wasn’t your fault.
What Factors Determine How Much I Could Claim?
There are many different factors relating to the accident that influences how much you could be entitled to claim compensation. You must be able to prove with your evidence that the accident was not your fault but that of someone else to claim compensation of any sum. If the accident was not your fault and eyewitnesses agree and are prepared to testify that it wasn’t your fault, you could end up being awarded a sum that far exceeds what you were expecting. The deadline for making compensation claims in the United Kingdom is three years so if you’re considering making a claim; you should ideally do so within that period. Doing this is also expedient as the sooner you start your claim, the quicker it will be done and you can start to move on with your life. As well as this, the accident itself will also be much fresher in your mind, so you and your witnesses are also therefore much more likely to remember key details which will ensure you are awarded the maximum sum possible.
If another road user was to blame for the accident, the claim is likely to be made against them. However, claims can also be made against the local authority responsible for road maintenance in the area where the accident occurred if the road surface itself was to blame instead of a particular individual. As it is against the law to not wear a seatbelt either as a passenger or driver in any road vehicle, this also counts as an extremely important factor in determining how much compensation you could be likely to receive. If you weren’t wearing your seatbelt and you are involved in a road accident, you could still make a claim although the amount you receive may be reduced as the injuries you sustained would either not have been as bad had you been wearing it or not have been sustained at all. The general extent of damage to your body is possibly the most important factor in determining how much you could claim as the largest amounts are typically awarded for the worst injuries with smaller sums being reserved for the least serious injuries.
What can compensation be claimed for and how can it be used?
The overall financial loss that you have suffered tends to form the basis of how much you could be likely to receive. If you are successful in receiving compensation, the money can go towards paying for many different things related directly to the injuries you sustained in the road accident. Compensation covers the money you have lost while seeking recovery as a result of the road accident and in the event of you being successful in your claim; this is what the money can be used to pay for. This includes any adaptations you may have had to make to your house and car if you have been left disabled to any extent following the accident as well as any medicine you have been prescribed to take by your doctor. It also includes such things as travelling expenses if your injuries were bad enough that it has meant you have had to attend doctor and hospital appointments to receive subsequent treatment.
If you have had to take time off work to recover, compensation can cover an amount equal to how much you have lost in income and earnings. Likewise, if you have opted to be treated privately instead of using the services of the NHS, the money can also go towards recouping those losses. Compensation is also awarded for the general pain, suffering and inconvenience you have endured because of the accident as well as for any psychological damage you may have developed. To be properly reimbursed for these things, you should keep hold of any items of importance which you believe will help your case. This includes receipts for petrol and bus tickets that have helped to get you to and from hospital and doctor appointments, documents detailing the costs of private medical treatment and medicine if you have paid for your prescriptions.
Tylers Will Make Your Road Traffic Accident Claim Easy
Our expert team of highly professional road accident solicitors have what it takes to ensure you are awarded the compensation you deserve. Over the years, we have helped many people who have been involved in road accidents and over that time have come to understand just how debilitating and traumatic being involved in them can be for victims. Compensation can’t turn the clock back and make things how they were again before the accident but it can help to put you back in a financial situation that makes it seem as though the accident never happened. We cannot be matched by the quality of service with which we provide our clients and can assure you that we will go the extra mile to get justice for you or someone close to you. Our road accident solicitors will keep you updated all the way through the claims process and inform you immediately of any developments that may arise in your case. So don’t leave it any longer. Why not call our free phone number to see if you can make a claim for road accident compensation today.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of being involved in a road accident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be able to make a claim. Call Tylers Solicitors accident team today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079.