In this guide, we will discuss when you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim after being involved in a road traffic accident caught on a dash-cam. It is important that you can provide evidence of the negligence that you experienced, which we will define later in this article.
Also, in this guide, we will explore guideline compensation amounts that could be awarded for different injuries. Road traffic accidents can result in some of the most severe injuries. In extreme cases, these accidents can be fatal. Finally, we will also explain the features of a No Win No Fee solicitor.
If, at any time, you would like to make an enquiry or discuss your potential personal injury claim following a road traffic accident, please speak to our advisors. Our team at Advice are available all day, every day, to provide information and legal advice at no cost. Additionally, they will not hold you to any obligations of furthering your claim with our panel of solicitors.
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- Can I Claim For A Road Accident Caught On A Dash-Cam?
- Examples Of Injuries Caused By Road Accidents
- Evidence Which Could Support A Road Accident Claim
- What Is The Average Payout For A Road Accident?
- Talk To An Expert About Claiming For An Accident Caught On A Dash-Cam
- Further Claims For Road Traffic Accidents
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident caught on a dash-cam, you need to meet the relevant criteria for you to be eligible to bring forward a personal injury claim. You need to show that:
- A road user owed you a duty of care.
- They breached the duty of care that they owed to you.
- As a result of this breach, you’re injured either physically and/or psychologically.
This shows that not every accident would lead to you having a valid claim. A road user must have breached their duty of care, directly causing you to be injured, in order for you to be eligible to claim.
The duty of care of road users is outlined in the Road Traffic Act 1988, which states that road users must conduct themselves safely on the road. This is also supported by the guidelines and rules laid out in The Highway Code. Some of these Highway Code rules are backed by law.
A road user could breach their duty of care by not stopping at red lights, speeding, or driving while unfit to do so because of alcohol, for example. To see whether you could have a valid claim, speak with a member of our team today.
Could Dash-Cam Footage Help Your Accident Claim?
A dash-cam could capture the events of your accident on video and help to prove that your injuries resulted from another road user acting in a way that breached the duty of care they owed. This could be crucial evidence to strengthen your claim.
Please speak to our team of advisors for a free consultation, as they can offer insight into your eligibility to claim and may be able to connect you with one of the solicitors from our panel if you have a valid claim. To find out more about how road accident solicitors can help, speak with a member of our team today.
If you have sustained injuries due to the negligence of another road user, you may be eligible to claim compensation. There are various injuries that could result from a road traffic accident. These may include:
- Bone breaks or fractures
- Sprain and strains
- Soft tissue injuries
- Brain damage
- Crush injuries
- Fatal injuries
Whiplash is also a type of injury that can often be sustained in a road traffic accident. It is a neck injury resulting from a sudden movement of the head. Continue reading to learn more about the changes to claiming whiplash compensation.
What Impact Could The Whiplash Reform Programme Have On Your Claim?
On the 31st of May 2021, the Whiplash Reform Programme was introduced. This brought forward a different way of claiming compensation for whiplash injuries that are valued at £5,000 or less and have been sustained by drivers and passengers over the age of 18. However, you would still make your claim in the traditional way if you have additional injuries to whiplash that raise the potential award amount for your claim above £5,000.
All whiplash injuries are now valued in line with the tariff of amounts found in the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021, even in cases where you have additional injuries that are made in the traditional way.
If you have any questions about claiming for whiplash injuries, please don’t hesitate to speak to one of our friendly advisors. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In addition to dash-cam footage, there are further pieces of evidence that could support a road traffic accident claim. This includes:
- CCTV footage
- Witness contact details
- A copy of your medical records
- A diary of your symptoms and treatment
A solicitor can help you to gather evidence to strengthen your personal injury claim for a road traffic accident caught on a dash-cam. If you would like to learn more about the services a solicitor could provide, please contact a member of our team.
In a successful road traffic accident claim, you could be eligible to receive a payout consisting of up to two types of damages. These are special and general damages. General damages cover the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. General damages can cover physical and psychological pain.
As a guide to the general damages head of claim, we have included the table below. As a reference for this table, we used the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), which solicitors can also use to assist them in valuing settlements for personal injury claims. It is important to note that this table is a guide, as each case is determined by its unique details meaning you may not receive the amount outlined below.
Guideline Compensation Bracket Table
Injury Type Severity Notes Guideline Compensation Brackets
Brain Damage (a) Very Severe The injured person will have little to no language function, and if any, there will be little evidence of a meaningful response to their environment. Nursing care will be needed full time. £282,010 to £403,990
Brain Damage (d) Less Severe The person will be able to return to work and normal social activities as a good recovery will have been made. £15,320 to £43,060
Paralysis Injury (b) Paraplegia The award level will take the person's age, life expectancy, and the presence of any pain into consideration. £219,070 to £284,260
Leg Injury (a)(ii) Amputation Both legs amputated below the knee. £201,490 to £270,100
Arm Injury (a) Severe The injury will not require amputation. However, it will be extremely serious and the person will be little better off than if their arm was lost. £96,160 to £130,930
Neck Injury (b)(i) Moderate Severe immediate symptoms from injuries such as fractures or dislocations. £24,990 to £38,490
Neck Injury (b)(iii) Moderate An injury within this bracket could accelerate and/or exacerbate a pre-existing condition. This will be over a shorter length of time. £7,890 to £13,740
Achilles Tendon (a) Most Serious Severance of the peroneus longus muscle and the tendon leading to swelling, cramp, and restricted movement of the ankle. In the region of £38,430
Whiplash Injuries One or several minor psychological injuries and one or several whiplash injuries The injury lasts for over 18 months but not any longer than 24 months. £4,345
Whiplash Injuries One or several minor psychological injuries and one or several whiplash injuries The injury lasts for over 15 months but not any longer than 18 months. £3,100
Payouts For Special Damages
A special damages payout covers the financial losses resulting from the injuries. This could include:
- Loss of earnings
- Care costs, such as childcare
- Travel expenses
- Housing adaptations necessary for you to accommodate a disability
It is important to provide evidence of these losses to support your claim. You could do this by gathering payslips, bank records, invoices and travel tickets.
You may wonder how much compensation you could be eligible to receive as an award for your potential claim. If this is the case, speak to one of our advisors for a compensation estimate that considers the details of your case.
Our advisors are available 24/7 to discuss your potential claim for a road traffic accident caught on a dash-cam. If during this free consultation, our team find that you have a potentially eligible road traffic accident claim, they could arrange correspondence between you and one of the No Win No Fee solicitors from our panel.
A No Win No Fee solicitor may present you with the offer to enter into a type of agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Generally, this involves no fees for your solicitor’s services at the following times: upfront, for the duration of your ongoing claim, or in the event that your claim fails.
If your claim does succeed, your solicitor can take a small fee from the compensation. This is a percentage, which is capped by law, that is referred to as a success fee.
Speak To Our Team If Your Accident Was Caught On A Dash-Cam
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team to discover whether you may have an eligible claim after you were injured in an accident caught on a dash-cam.
To speak to an advisor, you can:
Discover more about making a road traffic accident claim from other guides on our website:
- Explaining The Road Traffic Accident Claim Process
- What Should I Do If I Get Injured In A Car Accident?
- £1.2m Compensation Payout For A Brain Injury Caused By Car Accident
In addition to these, you could also explore the following external sources for information:
- NHS – First aid after an accident
- GOV.UK – Road accidents and safety statistics
- GOV.UK – Legal obligations of drivers and riders
If you would like to make an enquiry about starting a personal injury claim today for an accident caught on a dash-cam, please speak to our team using the details provided in this guide.
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