Car accidents - should you get compensation?


One common cause of injury and disability through accidents in the UK is car accidents. There were 231,000 road casualties in Great Britain during 2009 cuased by car accidents.*

UK law sets out a variety of legal requirements in relation to accidents on the road, with penalties for non-compliance. More serious car accidents can also lead to charges being pressed and prosecution through the court system.

Call us if you have been involved in a car accident and you require a personal injury solicitor to help you bring a claim against the negligent party. We will recommend a personal injury lawyer who specialises in car accident claims.

Car accidents

Car accidents are one of the most common types of accidents leading to injury claims that require the help of a car accident lawyer. Failure to exercise reasonable care in the operation of a vehicle is the primary reason why car accidents occur. This can result in injury to innocent people whose family's lifestyle is suddenly compromised.

Car accidents can occur when a vehicle collides with a:

  • Bus
  • Car
  • Truck
  • Cycle
  • Pedestrian

If you have been involved in a car accident in which illegal driving was involved, and a car accident resulted, you should get some legal advice about the potential consequences. For example, the police may treat the matter seriously and prosecute you or the other person involved, if this involved:

  • Dangerous driving
  • Careless driving
  • Driving unlicensed
  • Driving while disqualified
  • Driving a stolen vehicle
  • Driving an unsafe vehicle
  • Driving uninsured
  • Driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs

The fact that a car accident was connected to such behaviour is also an aggravating factor which will be taken into account by the sentencing magistrate. Serious penalties can be imposed, including:

  • Fines
  • Loss or suspension of licence
  • In serious cases, imprisonment

Claiming compensation

If personal injury to anybody resulted from the car accident, you may be liable for compensation. If the accident was your fault, or even partly your fault, you may be found to have driven negligently and breached your duty of care to other road users, and thus be liable to pay for the loss they have suffered.

Conversely, if you were the injured party then you may well have a case for compensation. Either way, expert advice from a specialist solicitor is highly recommended.

The injured parties can suffer serious consequences and may be due compensation. The party held responsible for the mishap generally has to pay to compensate the other for all the damages, including:

  • Any damage beyond repair to the vehicle of the victims (fair market value of the vehicle has to be paid)
  • A job loss or reduced income
  • Damage to other property
  • Medical expenses
  • Adaptations to be made to homes or vehicles

Monetary compensation is intended to put the victim back to where they would have been if the incident had never occurred.

Following car accidents the personal injury claimant should take several steps to help their claim. The police should be called and the events leading to the injury should be recorded. If a camera is available pictures should also be taken of the accident and if possible the injuries to the claimant, and witness statements should also be taken.

The injured should consult a car accident lawyer as soon as possible, particularly as the case must begin within three years from the date of the incident. You need to ensure your car accident lawyer has time to prepare the case and obtain the necessary evidence. For more information on making a claim for a car accident, see our page on car accident claims.

*All statistics taken from the Department for Transport

Have you recently been involved in a car accident and suffered an injury as a result? Contact Law can put you in touch with a specialist personal injury solicitor who deals in accident claims. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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