You may be able to make a claim if you have been involved in a one-way street crash. Our guide explains the eligibility criteria you must meet, the claims process and how to begin your personal injury claim after your road traffic accident. We detail what a one-way street crash is and the potential payouts for injuries, in addition to how these are valued.
Moreover, we detail how whiplash claims are handled and the types of injuries you could suffer from your one-way street crash.
We also look at what evidence you should retain to prove the liability of the party you claim against and the benefits of having this. Similarly, we examine the duty of care applied by The Road Traffic Act 1988 and The Highway Code.
Additionally, this guide details how claiming with a No Win No Fee solicitor may be financially useful to you.
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A one-way street crash can happen if a person does not navigate the road in the way that has been instructed on road signs.
The Highway Code provides rules, some backed by law, around using the road safely. Rule 143 states that traffic is required to follow the road signs and travel in the stated direction.
Head-on collisions can occur from a vehicle driving directly at you in the wrong direction, and there could be a side-impact collision if a road user turns the wrong way in the wrong lane.
You could be eligible to claim for the injuries you sustained from your one-way street crash if you illustrate that:
- A road user owed you a duty of care
- They breached this duty of care
- This breach caused your injuries
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You could claim for general and special damages. General damages cover the suffering and pain that have resulted from your injuries. Having evidence to claim these will be beneficial.
When valuing injuries, personal injury solicitors may use The Judicial College Guidelines JCG. These offer compensation brackets that assist legal professionals in valuing injuries in a claim. However, these figures are not guaranteed, and your own payout may vary.
Below we have taken brackets amounts from the JCG.
|Harm Suffered||Degree of Harm||Comments||Bracket Amounts|
|Head Injury||Very Severe (a)||There is some ability to follow basic commands but there is little to no response to the environment.||£282,010 - £403,990|
|Head Injury||Moderately Severe (b)||The person is seriously disabled and requires constant care.||£219,070 - £282,010|
|Facial Disfigurement||Very Severe (a)||The person is between their teens or early thirties and the cosmetic effect is very disfiguring.||£29,780 - £97,330|
|Arm Injury||Serious (b)||These are injuries resulting in permanent and substantial disablement.||£39,170 - £59,860|
|Back Injury||Moderate (b) (i)||This involves compression/crush fractures with risk of osteoarthritis.||£27,760 - £38,780|
|Leg Injury||Less Serious (c) (i)||This typically involves fractures from which an incomplete recovery is made or there is a soft tissue injury that is serious.||£17,960 - £27,760|
|Whiplash/Soft Tissue Injury||Plus 18 months not more than 24 months||Soft tissue injuries - soft tissue injuries with minor psychological injury.||£4,215 - £4,345|
|Whiplash/Soft Tissue Injury||Plus 15 months not more than 18 months||Soft tissue injuries - soft tissue injuries with minor psychological injury.||£3,005 - £3,100|
Alternatively, personal injury calculators are another way to see what compensation you may receive. However, it is important to note that these figures are also not definite.
Special damages cover your monetary losses.
Examples of special damages you may claim for and evidence you could acquire include:
- Loss of earnings- payslips can illustrate this
- Transportation costs – bus/train tickets
- Medication costs or any home adaptations – bank statements to show the purchases you have made
The Whiplash Reforms Programme changed how you claim for whiplash and soft injuries. Additionally, it is now mandatory to have a medical assessment in order to claim whiplash.
The Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021 outline that if a whiplash or soft tissue injury is sustained by you or a passenger over eighteen, you must now claim through the government’s Official Injury Claims Portal if they are valued at £5,000 or less. The fixed tariffs set in legislation will be used to value your injury; two of these entries are shown in the table above.
If you have an additional injury and combined with the whiplash injury is over £5,000, you won’t need to claim using this particular portal and can claim compensation in the standard way. But the tariffs will still apply.
The Road Traffic Act 1988 and The Highway Code outline that a road user has a duty to take reasonable care in navigating the roads to prevent the risk of harming one another. You could be eligible to claim if this was breached.
The nature, severity, and type of injury you could suffer in a one-way street crash can all vary.
Injuries can include:
- Head injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Neck injuries
- Sprains or strains
- Scrapes, cuts, or grazes, which could possibly lead to scarring
- Dislocations, breaks, and fractures
- Torn or strained ligaments
These injuries can all vary in severity; because of such, compensation can differ, as depicted in the Judicial College Guidelines shown further up this guide.
Proving that a road user has breached the legal duty of care may mean you could be eligible to claim for your injuries caused.
If the road user has not navigated the road safely and in a way that reasonably prevents injury to other road users, they could then be in breach of their duty.
Having evidence for your injuries will be advantageous to your claim.
When starting your claim, it is important to acknowledge the time limit for a car accident personal injury claim. The Limitation Act 1980 states that generally, you will have three years from the date of your accident or the date that you became aware of the negligence involved to start your claim
There are exceptions to this. The time limit is suspended if:
- A person is under eighteen at the time of their accident. They have three years from the date of their eighteenth birthday to start a claim. This is only if a litigation friend has not done so on their behalf.
- A person lacks the mental capacity to make a claim at the time of their injuries. They have three years from the date of recovery. This is also if a litigation friend hasn’t already claimed for them.
When working with a No Win No Fee solicitor, there are no upfront fees to pay for their service. Should your personal injury claim for your road traffic accident be successful, the solicitors will take a percentage from the compensation as their success fee. However, The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013 caps the success fee. If your claim fails no success fee to pay.
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