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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Nobody likes to think about it, but if you have been involved in a road traffic accident, you you could have the right to compensation, so regardless of your injuries, we can help you get the justice you deserve.

There are a number of different reasons you could be involved in a road traffic accident, and making a claim could appear to be complicated, however our friendly team can talk you through all your options and guide you through the process completely free of charge.

What should I do after a road traffic 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.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25% of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this but it will never be more. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

First4Lawyers are an award winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

Road Traffic Accident FAQs

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.

How much can I claim for a road traffic accident?

It depends on the type and severity of any injuries sustained.

For those inflicted with minor brain or head injuries, they could receive between £1,940 and £11,200. At the other end of the scale, severe leg injuries could see compensation between £48,080 and £119,210, whereas loss of an arm may mean an award of between £84,310 to upwards of £120,270.

For further examples see our compensation calculator.

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

Generally speaking there is a limit of three years to start a claim, starting from the date of your accident. If you were under the age of 18 when you had your accident, you have until your 21st birthday.

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.

You can contact one of our advisors to discuss your situation.

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Why choose First4Lawyers?

Whether you want to make an accident and injury claim, or need a solicitor for personal or business law matters - our friendly team are here to help, 24/7.

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