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The Many Types of Road Traffic Accidents

September 23, 2014

It’s a sad fact that the busy nature of our roads and the many different types of vehicle that travel upon them mean there are almost equally as many different types road traffic accidents. The trauma of an accident should never be underestimated and where it isn’t your fault, an accident claim is your right and definitely something you should pursue. Below is a closer look at some of the different types of accident and how you may be able to claim.

Busy Traffic

 

Passenger Accidents

In a Car

The most common personal injury claim after a road traffic accident is often from the passenger in a car. Collisions when you are a passenger can very rarely be attributed to the passenger themselves and therefore they’re very rarely liable if a compensation claim is made. Whether you are seriously injured or suffer an injury which effects your ability to work or results in loss of earnings, you will be able to make a compensation claim, ideally with the support of a professional personal injury solicitor.

In a Coach

Coach road traffic accidents are significantly less common than those in cars but they are often more serious and can result in multiple injuries due to the sheer number of people involved. When it comes to making a claim for compensation as a passenger in this instance, a compensation claim could be lodged again the driver, if careless driving is the cause of the incident or the other driver if they are found to be at fault.  Where potholes or road maintenance is the issue, it will be down to the local authority or Highways Agency to consider your claim.

Pedestrian Accidents

Many road traffic accidents involve pedestrians and though accidents can be caused (and be proven to be caused) by pedestrians not looking where they’re going, they can also be caused by dangerous or careless driving or poor traffic controls. All drivers are duty bound to keep pedestrians as well as motorists safe and therefore if you have been injured by a vehicle as a pedestrian and it wasn’t your fault, you can also make a claim.

Bicycle and Motorcycle Accidents

Accidents involving cyclists and motorcyclists usually involve other vehicles and in many instances are due to car and larger vehicle drivers not looking closely when they manoeuvre, turn right or stop at a junction. The injuries to cyclists and motorcyclists are often more severe, even in minor accidents, because of the lack of protection from the vehicle.

Hit & Run and Uninsured Drivers

These types of accident are amongst the most traumatic, where the perpetrator has fled or doesn’t have the right insurance in place to protect them in this situation. Where the liable offender cannot be caught, you will need to pursue your compensation claim via the Motor Insurance Bureau. As long as liability can be proven an innocent victim of a personal injury due to an uninsured driver or one who flees the seen will be compensated.

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident of any kind and it wasn’t your fault you can contact us to discuss making a claim.

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