If you've had a road traffic accident in another country, then the prospect of making a claim may seem complicated and daunting.
If driving in another country, you might have to do so differently to at home, while also being cautious. However, there might only be so much you can prepare for, as quite a lot could go wrong due to the actions of other motorists. The RAC’s annual Driving Abroad Report for 2013 found that 19% of UK car users weren’t confident at all of driving in mainland Europe, possibly for that reason.
First4lawyers are experts in seeking access to justice and compensation for any accident abroad caused on the road. Our specialists understand how to review your case and determine if you have a claim.
What are car accidents abroad?
Car accidents abroad are basically on-road collisions and accidents which happen while driving in a foreign country. Among the things that could happen are:
- Accidents caused by another driver
- Collisions involving motorcyclists
- Passengers being involved in accidents
- People falling victim to hit-and-run incidents
- Pedestrians being struck by negligent drivers
Injuries that could develop following accidents might include whiplash, broken bones or, in extreme cases, the loss of arms or legs.
Who can I claim against?
If involved in an accident in another European Union (EU) country, you can trace the car’s owner thanks to an EU directive where all cars in member countries can be found on the same database, along with the relevant insurers for each. As far as uninsured drivers are concerned, it’s possible to claim through the Motor Insurance Bureau to pursue compensation.
The amount of compensation you can claim depends on the extent of your injuries. A minor whiplash injury will be worth up to £3,100, while moderate whiplash could see you qualify for as much as £5,600. For severe neck injuries compensation starts at a minimum of £32,000.
How long do I have to make a claim?
For car accidents abroad, you typically have up to three years to make a claim. Once you have made sure that you have recovered as well as possible, you should consider contacting First4lawyers, as our team of solicitors can give you some much-needed support during this time as well as getting your claim started.
I’ve had a car accident abroad. What should I do?
You could make a claim after trying to find out how serious your injury is. Our Compensation Guide might be able to help you. The first step is to contact us, either claiming by post, online claim form or by requesting a call-back. Then, one of our solicitors will phone and explain why you could claim before sending a letter to the driver at fault.