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Claiming car accident compensation
Car accidents are a type of road traffic accident, where a car hits another vehicle, person or object. Many car accidents are caused by reckless or drunk driving, but can also happen because of dangerous road conditions such as potholes or icy weather.
If your car accident happened in the last three years, was somebody else’s fault and caused you to be injured, then it’s likely we can help you start a claim.
Compensation can help you get back to where you were before your injury. Whether that’s helping you cover the costs of your injury, allowing you to get the treatment you need to recover, or providing you with the funds to adapt your home or car if you’ve suffered from a serious injury.
You can contact us on 0800 376 0150 today for free, impartial advice on your accident.
What’s involved in claiming for a car accident?
The first step is to get in contact with us to find out if you can claim. Typically, we’re able to tell you in one call whether we’re able to help.
If you decide you’d like to take the next step, we can then put you forward to a specialist solicitor. They’ll also give you some free advice and a consultation on how they can help you.
They’ll make sure you’re happy to proceed and will talk through the no win no fee agreement with you.
If you’re still happy to go ahead and claim for you car accident, they’ll contact the other party (the party responsible for your car accident) and speak to them on your behalf – letting them know that you’ll be making a claim for your injuries and damages.
During your claim, your solicitor will be your point of contact. It’s their job to keep you up-to-date throughout your claim. They’ll also be happy to answer any questions you may have as your claim progresses.
Serious or life changing car accident injuries
If you’ve suffered a serious injury because of a car accident, we can help make it right.
We’ve helped hundreds of people through difficult times by getting them the compensation, support and rehabilitation they deserve after suffering a serious injury.
Making a compensation claim may seem like an added stress at a time when you’re focusing on your recovery, but because we only work with specialist solicitors you’ll be completely supported throughout your claim.
And your compensation can help you plan for your future – especially if your injury is likely to cause long term changes to your life. For example, it can help to cover your mortgages or rent, travel costs, care and treatment.
Visit our serious injuries page for more information on how we can help you.
Car Accident Claims FAQ
Can I make a claim after a car accident?
If you as a driver, rider, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian are injured in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. For an adult over the age of 18 at the time, you’ll have three years to make a personal injury claim from the date of the accident. If you were under 18 years old at the time and a claim wasn’t made for you, then you’ll have three years from your 18th birthday until your 21st birthday to make it. There are some special circumstances where the claim time limits are different: come and talk to us on 0800 376 0150. We can give you all the information and options you need to make the decision that’s right for you.
Who pays the injury compensation in a car accident?
The other side’s insurance company pays your compensation in a successful claim. Our recommendation is never accept an offer from an insurance company until you’ve talked to a professional. Their offer will typically be lower than what you may be entitled to so come and talk to us first. We’ll evaluate your claim and put you in touch with one of our specialist law firms. Your personal injury lawyer will assess your case and if they take it on, will usually do so on a No Win No Fee basis. They’ll build your case and then negotiate with the other side’s insurers to reach a fair settlement.
Were your injuries caused by another motorist?
To be able to make a claim, your injuries must have been caused by another motorist or by road conditions. Put simply, somebody else must be at fault for your accident.
If your accident was caused by another road user or motorist, then your compensation will be paid by their insurance – not by them personally.
If you were injured by an uninsured driver or involved in a hit and run, then we may still be able to help you. In these cases, your car accident compensation is paid by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).
Tina Williams, from Reading, won £3,000 following a car accident
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I had to have about 12 weeks of physiotherapy on my shoulder which was arranged by the solicitor National Accident Helpline put me in touch with. I’m glad I claimed
Fallon Lukins, from Kent, won over £2,000 following a car accident
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I decided to visit the National Accident Helpline website and they got back to me within five minutes. The person I spoke to was very helpful.
Car accidents caused by road conditions
Car accidents can happen because of road conditions or other environmental factors that are out of your control.
If your car accident was caused by potholes or cracks in the road surface, then your claim can be made against the Highways Agency or your local council. This is because they are responsible for making sure the roads you use are kept in good condition.
Someone is responsible for every stretch of road and pavement, so if it’s not safe for use, then you may be able to claim.
Whatever the cause, if you’ve been in a car accident in the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, we can help. Call us on 0800 376 0150 for free, impartial advice.
Who can make a car accident claim?
You could also make a claim if you were injured as a passenger in a car accident, or as a passenger in a bus or taxi.
If your child or a child you know was injured in a car accident, we can help you make a claim on their behalf. The process is slightly different but we can talk this through with you and help you take the next steps.
If you’re not ready to make a claim but would like some advice, you can contact us now on 0800 376 0150.