Have you been involved in a road traffic accident?
A road traffic accident is where two or more vehicles are involved in a collision, or someone is injured or killed on the roads. They’re usually caused by things such as reckless driving or poor weather conditions. If you have been in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could claim compensation.
The most common claims for road traffic accidents include:
What should I do after an accident?
A road traffic accident can be very stressful to deal with and it’s only natural that you’ll feel anxious and disoriented immediately afterwards. First and foremost, it’s important to stay calm – there’s a certain amount of information you’ll need about the incident and the other driver, so keeping a clear head is useful.
The first thing you’ll need to do is find out if the other driver has insurance. If the other driver refuses to give you their insurance information, then you can report them to the police. If this is the case, take note of their registration number. Registration numbers can provide your solicitor with a lot of information about the driver.
Secondly, try to collect as much information as you can about the accident as well as your losses and any injuries. It’s generally advisable to take photos of the vehicles following the accident, and of your injuries. Medical records will help too.
If the police were involved and/or you reported the accident to them, they will give you a reference number. You should provide this to your solicitor. Keep any details of medical appointments regarding your injuries and if you haven’t already seen a doctor about your injuries, you should make an appointment as soon as possible.
Our experts are on hand to answer any questions you may have and will assess the circumstances of your accident and discuss the details of the next steps you need to take.
What do you need to know about road traffic accident claims?
I've been injured on public transport. What should I do?
You should firstly ensure you are treated by medical professionals and keep a record of your injuries. It's likely any claim made would be against the transport company as they have a duty of care to ensure your safety.
I was hit by an uninsured driver. Can I claim?
Yes. If you were hit by an uninsured driver as, with the help of our panel of solicitors, you can claim through the government-backed Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB).
Can I still claim if my accident happened abroad?
Yes. This applies if you were on a package holiday while involved in an on-road collision in another country, but you need all the relevant paperwork, particularly for insurance.
Can passengers claim compensation?
Yes, if a passenger is involved in a collision on the road and they sustain injuries through no fault of their own, then they are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
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How can First4Lawyers help you?
We can help you to make a compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis
We can help you to recover whatever you have lost financially while injured
We'll take the stress out of making your claim by having one of our specialists there with you every step of the way
Why choose First4Lawyers?
Every year, we help thousands of people make claims after suffering an injury or accident that wasn't their fault
In 2017 we won Claims Management Company of the Year for the fifth time.
We work with a carefully selected panel of solicitors who are experts in injury and accident claims
We are the UK's largest independent personal injury firm.