Start Your Road Traffic Accident Claim and Get Compensation
At Lamb & Co. Solicitors, we fully understand and appreciate how a road traffic accident can affect your finances. We know that having an injury can cause unnecessary financial problems whilst your compensation is being negotiated.
Here at Lamb and Co, we want to help and assist you as much as we can to ease the stress of bringing a road traffic accident claim for compensation whether that be as a driver, passenger, on a motorbike, bicycle or as a pedestrian.
Road accident are the most common cause of personal injury and according to the recent annual report compiled by the Department of Transport; they were the cause of 1,775 road deaths and 194,477 casualties in 2014.
Causes of Road Traffic Accidents
There are over 200,000 accidents on our roads every year in the UK and these result in injuries of all severities from the most minor to death in the worst case scenario. The latest figures show that 11% of all casualties were seriously injured and this is in addition to the fatalities.
The majority of road traffic accidents result in minor injuries or those that are only short term but they still cause trauma, difficulties in everyday life and can result in loss of earnings and other related issues. Many road traffic collisions are caused by carelessness, simply not paying attention and driver distraction and in these instances the victim simply isn’t to blame and in many cases this can be proven and compensation can be fought for.
One of the most common injuries caused by a road accident is whiplash, but the severity of this particular injury can vary enormously. Thankfully, most whiplash injuries do heal permanently with time but they can result in time off work and extreme pain, if often this is only in the short term.
The cost of road traffic accidents can be a severe drain on an individual’s finances and can affect not only the victims, but family members as well.
Emotionally, the effects can be exhausting for family members who may be called on to provide care and support for the injured person.
Our Experience Matters
It helps to know that Lamb & Co have the experience that matters when settling a compensation claim for a road traffic accident. Our experience means we are ready and waiting to help you through your claim and lead you to the best possible conclusion.
Lamb & Co draws on that experience in order to achieve an excellent success rate with compensation claims for personal injuries. We work hard on the behalf of our clients to ensure that they get the maximum amount of compensation for their injuries.
Our legal services are offered on a “no win no fee” basis. If you are in doubt about your entitlement to a claim for compensation for a road traffic accident, talk to us at Lamb & Co for a free consultation.
Expert Accident Compensation Claim Advice
It is always best to look for a personal injury solicitor who has a good knowledge of road traffic accident cases to help with your compensation claim as there are a variety of ways in which you might be involved.
The most vulnerable groups of road users are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, anyone who doesn’t have the protection of an enclosed vehicle. It is far more likely that you will receive serious injuries from a road accident when you are in one of these three categories.
Motorists are obliged to give pedestrians the right of way and you may be able to make a claim against a car that has hit you even if it did not stop after the accident.
If you are involved in an accident as a pedestrian, the key things to remember are to report the accident to the police as soon as you practically can and get medical attention. Note that shock and trauma can often delay the onset of symptoms so it is important to see a doctor or go to a hospital as soon as possible regardless of what you are feeling.
The extent of your injuries will determine what else you can do at the time of the accident, but if at all possible get the names and contact details of any witnesses.
When you make a claim with a solicitor, they will contact both the police and anybody who was a witness to the accident.
Cyclists too are at a higher risk of accidents on the road. All of the previous advice for pedestrians applies to cyclists as well and, if you were not wearing a helmet when the accident took place, then it is advisable to get your head examined as soon as possible if it sustained any sort of injury.
Motorcyclists tend to have far more serious injuries in road accidents that they are involved in than any other type of road user as the combination of exposure and speed can be lethal.
You may be able to make a claim for compensation from the insurance company of the driver of another vehicle if it caused your accident, or the local authority or landowner if it was due to poor road maintenance.
You may have been the vehicle driver or a passenger involved in a road accident and if the fault can be shown to be due to somebody else’s negligence and poor driving, then there will be a strong case for making a compensation claim.
Your Road Traffic Accident Claim
For a claim for compensation to be successful, evidence which demonstrates that somebody else was responsible must be made available. In the case of road traffic accidents, it will be another vehicle driver or a bystander near or at the site of the accident.
One way to make sure evidence is documented is to put in an accurate report to the police when they arrive on the scene of the accident. It is very rare for any road accidents not to have police on the scene reasonably quickly after the event. It is also advised you get the names and contact details of witnesses and if at all possible take photographs at the scene.
You will need to see your doctor or make a visit to a hospital for medical attention. Even if your accident was fairly minor, it is still a good idea to do this as the onset of some symptoms can be masked by shock.
You may of course need to rely on somebody else at the scene, such as somebody else who was in your vehicle at the time or a bystander to help with any of the above if you have had a serious injury and have been hospitalised soon after the accident.
Evidence which has been collected sooner rather than later will always be the most valuable and in the same instance, the sooner you are able to instigate legal proceedings the better too. Most claims for compensation are not normally possible after three years from the date of the accident.
Road Traffic Accident Compensation Claim Value
Making generalised claims about compensation payments isn’t recommended and is near impossible as the situation around each accident can differ greatly, it is possible to provide the background information and the elements which go into deciding the final compensation figure for an accident victim.
The amount is worked out based on the level of pain and suffering resulting from the injury combined with an amount paid to compensate for everything which has been lost due to the accident.
These things include activities which are no longer possible, such as being able to drive, work, and play sport or, in more serious circumstances, being able to see, hear or walk. The loss of normal activities and abilities could be short-term, long-term or even lifetime and therefore the compensation payment must take into consideration this potential time factor.
Compensation amounts also take into account the loss of earnings due to the injury as well as additional expenses which are necessary because of the injuries. While medical care is free in the UK, there are associated costs such as getting to and from the doctor or a hospital and prescription costs. Any future or potential costs of rehabilitation and care should also be included in the calculation.
A road traffic accident is traumatic but if you were not at fault then you should discuss your case with a professional personal injury solicitor. At Lamb & Co. we handle every enquiry seriously and help you along the way to securing the compensation you deserve.
If you have been involved in a road accident which has not been your fault, call us today and let us get you the top value compensation that you are entitled to.
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