If you are involved in a car accident there are things that you are required to do by law. There are also steps you can take to ensure your safety and the safety of others. We will explain what to do when you get into a car accident in this guide. If you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, which caused an injury you may be eligible to claim compensation.
If you have been injured in a car accident as a passenger, driver or pedestrian, we can provide free advice. Call Advice.co.uk today for your free personal injury claims consultation. If we can see that you have legitimate grounds to claim compensation our panel of solicitors will be assigned to start working on your claim right away.
For free legal advice and to begin your car accident compensation claim call Advice.co.uk on 0161 696 9685. Alternatively, write to us about your ordeal using our online compensation claims form. Or read on to learn more about what to do if you are injured as a result of a car accident.
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- How To Report Your Car Accident
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In this guide, we will explain what to do after a car accident. We will advise you on what evidence to collect and explain how to stay safe. You can also find advice on
what to do if you get injured in a car accident and how to claim compensation for your injuries.
If you have been injured because of a car accident that was not your fault, you may have questions such as:
- “Should I sue if I was injured in a car accident?”
- “What is considered a serious injury in a car accident?”
- And, “How do I get the most money from a car accident?”
We will answer all these questions and more in this car accident guide.
If you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. In order to hold a valid personal injury claim you must meet the following criteria:
- You were owed a duty of care
- The duty of care was breached
- You sustained injuries as a direct consequence of this breach.
To begin your claim call our helpline today for free legal advice about car accident compensation. Alternatively, use our live support widget or online compensation form to reach out to us.
What is the average settlement for a car accident with an injury? The amount of money you can claim compensation for varies depending on the severity of your injuries. In addition, it also depends on any financial losses incurred due to your injuries. If you are awarded compensation it may come in two parts: general damages and special damages. Whilst general damages compensate you for the pain and suffering, special damages compensate for financial losses.
When deciding how much to award for certain injuries legal professional may use the Judicial College Guidelines. This is a publication that gives guidelines brackets for injuries suffered in personal injury cases. Below in the table are examples of this;
|Injury Type & Degree||Notes On This Injury||Estimate Of Compensation Awarded|
|Facial Disfigurement - Very Serious||A higher settlement could be paid to younger people below the age of 30 who have had a serious degree of injury.||£27,940 to £91,350|
|Facial Disfigurement - Less Serious||The severe disfigurement could lead to someone also suffering psychological injuries.||£16,860 to £45,440|
|Facial Disfigurement - Significant||The most serious or significant effects can be corrected by plastic surgery.||£8,550 to £28,240|
|Arm Injury - Severe Injuries||Injuries which fall short of amputation.||£90,250 to £122,860|
|Leg Injuries -Moderate||Complicated or multiple fractures or severe crushing injuries.||£26,050 to £36,790|
|Toe Injuries- Moderate||Simple fractures or the exacerbation of a pre-existing degenerative condition.||£9,010 maximum|
|Neck Injuries - Severe||This bracket is reserved for the most severe form of neck injuries, such as where the victim has a form of incomplete paraplegia.||In the region of £139,210|
The table above includes general damages compensation payouts. It does not include any special damages compensation payouts you could claim. The compensation amounts quoted above are advisory. How much you could claim for a car accident may vary.
How do you get the most money from a car accident? Having a solicitor represent your case can ensure it is filed correctly. With all the evidence needed to back up your claim. Whilst you could pursue a case alone solicitors will have extensive knowledge in this areas. They will ensure the claim is filed within the limitation period.
If your claim for car accident compensation is successful, your compensation payout will include two heads of claim. These are general damages as well as special damages. Therefore, general damages payout compensates the claimant for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by their injuries. On the contrary, special damages payout compensates the injured person for any financial losses incurred because of their injuries.
Examples of special damages that can be claimed following a car accident include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Car repair expenses
- Replacement vehicle expenses
- Travel expenses
- Care expenses
- Reimbursement for any income lost.
In very serious cases where the claimant has suffered a permanent disability due to their injuries, they may be eligible to claim funds to cover mobility equipment expenses, rehabilitation expenses and/or home adaptation expenses. We can offer you free legal advice on what expenses you can claim.
A car accident is any sort of accident on the road involving one or more motor vehicles. Car accidents can occur when one vehicle collides with another, or two or more vehicles collide. A car accident can also happen if a driver swerves to avoid a hazard and hits a static object such as a lamppost or comes off the road. Car accidents can also happen if a car hits a pedestrian, cyclist or motorbike rider. These groups are more vulnerable on the road. Therefore the injured party is more likely to be seriously injured.
Why do they happen?
Why do road traffic accidents involving cars and other vehicles occur? They can happen if a driver isn’t paying due care and attention or is driving under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol. Car accidents can also be caused by poor conditions on the road or malfunctioning traffic lights. Sadly, some car accidents are caused by poor judgement or human error. Brake a UK charity figures show that in the year ending June 2020 there was a 14% drop in the amount of traffic on the road, which also led to a 14% drop in road accident deaths. This is thought to reflect the decrease in traffic on the roads during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Duty of care
All drivers owe other road users a duty of care. Similarly, councils and highways agencies are responsible for maintaining roads and road safety equipment such as traffic lights. Can you claim compensation if you were injured in a car accident? If another party such as a driver or local authority acted negligently causing an accident, you may be eligible to claim compensation for any suffering caused.
There are many ways that drivers, passengers, pedestrians, motorbike riders and cyclists can be injured in a car accident. Injuries caused by car accidents can include minor injuries which require medical treatment but are not urgent. Car accident injuries can also include severe life-changing injuries and life-threatening injuries.
An injury from a car accident can also include psychological injuries. The trauma of being involved in an accident can result in depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). How much compensation can you claim for anxiety after a car accident? This depends on the severity of your psychological injuries.
Clients often ask us, “What should I do if I get injured in a car accident?” If you or someone else have severe or life-threatening injuries that require emergency medical treatment dial 999 for an ambulance.
Common car accident injuries
Examples of injuries that can be caused by a car accident include the following:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Internal bleeding.
You may be wondering, “Should I sue if I was injured in a car accident?” If the car accident was not your fault, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries from the party responsible. You must be able to show using evidence that a third party who owed you a duty of care caused the accident. And as a consequence, you suffered harm.
Call Advice.co.uk today to speak to a claims advisor about beginning your car accident compensation claim.
All road traffic accidents that involve injuries to people or animals or property damage mean the driver must remain at the scene to exchange detail with whoever has a right to ask for them. This is part of the Road Traffic Act 1988. If a driver does not exchange details then they need to report the car accident to the police within 24 hours. How do you report a car accident to the police?
- If a car accident blocks the road, or someone is seriously injured dial 999 to contact the police and ambulance services. You must cooperate with the police and provide them with any information they need.
- Dial 101 to reach the police’s non-emergency number to report car accidents that are not serious.
- Report the car accident to the police in person at your local police station.
- Some police constabularies allow members of the public to report car accidents online. Check on the website for your local police department.
Do you have to report a minor car accident to the police in the UK?
If the accident meets the criteria to be reportable to the police, you should report it even if it seems minor to you. What happens if you don’t report an accident within 24 hours in the UK? It is very important that you report a car accident to the police within 24 hours if you never exchanged details with other drivers involved in the accident. If you fail to do so you may be prosecuted.
Generally, motor vehicle insurance providers usually require policyholders to report car accidents within 24 hours or 48 hours of it occurring. Check your policy to see how long you have to report your accident.
We will now look at what you should do if you get injured in a car accident. This will include collecting evidence to support your claim.
You may be eligible to claim compensation if you are injured in a car accident caused by another road user or the conditions of the road. At the scene of your accident, you can collect evidence to support your compensation claim. Try to collect evidence to prove the following. Firstly, what was the cause of your accident and secondly, evidence that the accident happened. Finally, collect evidence to prove that you were injured.
You can collect evidence using the following methods:
- Take photographs of the hazards that caused your accident, if applicable.
- Photograph your injuries if they are visible.
- Take photographs of any damage to your vehicle.
- Speak to people who witnessed the accident and ask for their contact details. They may be able to provide a witness statement to support your claim.
- If anyone has recorded a video of the accident on their phone, ask for a copy of the footage.
- Exchange contact details and insurance information with the drivers of the other vehicles involved in the accident.
- Record the brand, model, colour and registration number of the other vehicles involved in your injuries.
An important thing to do if you get injured in a car accident, is to seek the appropriate medical treatment for your injuries. If you are seriously or critically injured dial 999 for an ambulance or go to a hospital Accident & Emergency department immediately. If you have suffered a minor injury you may need to visit an NHS walk-in centre or your local GP surgery. Inform your doctor that you were in a car accident so they can treat you correctly.
Going to a doctor if you are injured in a car crash, means that your injuries will be diagnosed. Therefore there will be evidence of your injuries in your medical records. This is essential if you wish to claim compensation for being injured in a car accident. Even if you have an injury such as whiplash that can get better on its own, it’s important to have your injuries assessed and diagnosed by a doctor.
Keeping a personal diary of how your injuries progress can help. Making daily entries on how your injuries affect your daily life can help your lawyers value your claim. Write any pain you experience and record other effects of being injured.
There is a personal injury claims time limit of three years. The personal injury claims time limit begins the day that you suffer your injury or the day that your injuries were diagnosed. Although, there are exceptions to the time limit. In the cases of children, a litigation friend can act on their behalf up until they turn 18. However, if no claim is made they have 3 years from their 18th birthday to make a claim. Furthermore, if a person lacks the mental capacity to make their own claim, a litigation friend can also make a claim on their behalf. But, if they regain mental capabilities then their 3-year window begins for them to claim themselves.
Are you worried about the cost of hiring a solicitor for your claim? Do you know that a solicitor working on a No Win No Fee basis could take on your personal injury claim?
How does it work?
- You will sign a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This means that you will not have to pay for any legal fees upfront. Instead, they will charge you a success fee on the condition that they win your compensation claim.
- In the unlikely event that you do not win your case, you will not have to pay your solicitor a fee.
There is less financial risk involved. What’s more, if your claim is successful they will deduct your fee from your compensation payout at a capped rate.
To find out if you could fund a solicitor through a No Win No Fee agreement which is formally known as a Conditional Fee Agreement call our claims team today.
Are you wondering what to do if you get injured in a car accident? If you have been injured because of a car accident that was not your fault, you may be owed compensation. Advice.co.uk can help you. Contact us today using the details below.
- Call us on 0161 696 9685.
- Use the chat widget to speak to an advisor.
- Fill out our accident claims form.
We hope that you have found this guide on what to do if you are injured in a car accident helpful. For more free advice on claiming compensation for a car accident, please feel free to read these guides.
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