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Road traffic accident (RTA) claims

If you've been involved in a road traffic accident that wasn't your fault, we are here to help you claim compensation.

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What can I claim for?

The most common personal injury claims for road traffic accidents include:

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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, when gathering the following facts:

  • 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. Take note of their registration number as this can provide your solicitor with a lot of information about the driver.
  • Try to collect as much information as you can about the accident as well as your losses and any injuries. If you can, 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 - remember to give this to your solicitor.
  • Keep any details of medical appointments and see a doctor about your injuries as soon as possible.

Our experts are on hand to answer any questions you may have about road traffic accident claims.

They will assess the circumstances of your accident and discuss your options, including No Win No Fee claims.

Why choose First4Lawyers?

If you've been involved in an accident or suffered an injury that wasn't your fault, our experts solicitors could help you make a claim.

Free initial consultation

Our fully trained legal advisors are happy to offer initial guidance and advice for free

No Win No Fee

No Win No Fee solicitors - you don't pay a penny up front when making a claim

No pressure

We offer advice with no obligation.  We never cold call or apply pressure to our customers

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does No Win No Fee work?

If you win, our solicitors take a percentage of the final compensation up to 25%, and this will be discussed with you before the process begins so that there are no unexpected costs at the end. 

If you lose your case, you do not pay your solicitor any legal fees for the work they've carried out on your behalf.

Are there any catches to No Win No Fee?

No, there are no 'catches'.  Although there are some exceptions in Scotland and Northern Ireland, No Win No Fee does what it says on the tin: if you don’t win, you don’t pay the solicitor's legal fees.

When discussing your claim, our advisors will be able to assess whether these exceptions apply to you. We’ll always be transparent, so you can be confident that we won’t land you with any hidden costs.

How likely am I to win a No Win No Fee case?

It depends on the individual circumstances around your claim.

Our legal advisors, who are trained to the highest standard, will discuss the details of your case with you and assess how likely is it to succeed.

This is always discussed with you in your initial phone call so that your time is not wasted and you know where you stand straight away.

I'm in Scotland, can I still make a claim?

Yes, you can still make a claim. Most cases can be accepted on a No Win No Fee basis, except medical negligence claims.

We are still happy to discuss your circumstances free of charge, and provide you with advice for your next steps. Call us using the number at the top of the screen, or fill in our online claim form.

Can passengers claim compensation?

Yes, if you’re a passenger who has been involved in a collision on the road and suffered injuries through no fault of your own, then you’re entitled to make a claim for compensation.

I was hit by an uninsured driver. Can I claim?

Yes, you can make a claim if you were hit by an uninsured driver.

With the help of our panel of solicitors, you can claim through the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB).

Backed by every motor insurer in the UK, the MIB is a scheme set up to help compensate victims of accidents caused by uninsured and untraced motorists.

What should I do after a road accident?

Take the other driver's vehicle registration number, and ask them whether they are insured and who with.

Try to collect as much information as you can about the accident, as well as your losses and injuries.

Keep a record of any police reference numbers you're given and details of your medical appointments - such as when and where you were seen.

Details like these will help us build evidence for any claim for which you are eligible.

Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

How long will a claim take?

The length of time it will take to make your claim depends on your individual circumstances.

Every case is different, so it’s very difficult to say at the early stages how long the process will be from start to finish.

Once your solicitor has completed their initial investigations into your case, they will be in a better position to advise you on how long the process is likely to take.

To give you a very general idea:

  • For a personal injury claim like minor whiplash, for example, the process could be completed in about six months.
    But in more complex cases, such as claims involving a trip, slip or fall, it could take over a year to be settled.
    The process could also be longer if the defendant disputes your claim. 

  • Claiming for a work accident could be between six and nine months. But if the injury is more severe, or there are legal complexities, it could take longer.

  • Medical negligence cases tend to take longer as they can be complex with multiple factors and evidence.  A rough estimate would be 18-26 months.

Or you could contact one of our advisors to discuss your situation.

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Can I make a claim online?

Yes, you can either start your claim online, or by calling us using the number at the top of the screen.

If you want to start your claim now, simply enter a few details into our online claim form, and one of our legal advisors will call you back to discuss your claim in more detail.

When completing the form, you’ll need to describe the type of accident you’ve been involved in, for example: road traffic accident, slip, trip or fall, medical negligence etc. (you can select the appropriate option from a drop down menu).

You should also write a brief description of your accident, including details on what happened and when, if you were injured in the accident and what your injuries were. This helps us to understand the nature of your accident, so that one of our experts will be able to advise you on your next steps.

We’ll also need a few contact details, including your full name, telephone number as well as an alternative telephone number (in case we’re unable to reach you). You can also include your email address, if you’d prefer us to email you with further details.

Let us know what time it’s best for us to call you back - we understand that it’s not always convenient for you to talk, so we'll call at that pre-arranged time, when you'll be expecting us.

Making a claim online will help to save you time and will ensure that you receive a phone call back from us as soon as possible. During the call, we will ask you a few questions about your accident and advise you if you’re eligible to make a claim, and if so, what you can do next.

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Is there a time limit to making a claim?

Yes, most personal injury claims have a three year window in which you can claim.

However this can vary.  Each injury and accident page of our website will give you an indication of how long you have to claim, or we would be happy to speak to you and advise your further - just give us a call.  It's free and there's no obligation to continue with anything.

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Jacqueline Speight

Jacqueline Speight

Head of Claims

Jacqueline is our Head of Claims.
She is a qualified solicitor and has practised as a specialist in personal injury cases. A recent addition to our team, Jacqueline has moved to a managerial and coaching role with us, where she is keen to continue the team's training and development to ensure every customer continues to get a first class service.

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