What Happens If You Get Injured In A Car Accident?

If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a road traffic accident that is caused by the negligence of another road user you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim for any harm suffered.



When you suffer an injury in a car accident, it’s important that you know what to do. If you don’t have the necessary proof that you were not responsible for the car accident, your claim may not be valid. That said, even if you are partially liable for the car accident happening, you could still be entitled to compensation.

Our guide offers advice on how you must follow a doctor’s advice. You will find information on how a claims process works within the guide. We also go into the type of car accident injuries you could claim for.

Furthermore, you will find advice on the type of evidence you need to prove another person was ‘at fault’. We provide advice on seeking medical attention no matter how minor an injury seems to be.

You will find information on the time limits associated with personal injury claims and how these must be respected. Lastly, we offer advice on how a No Win No Fee lawyer could represent you once your claim is found valid. The guide also explains how signing a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) can work to your advantage when claiming compensation.

Since the Whiplash Reform came into action on 31st May 2020 the way drivers and passengers make road traffic accident personal injury claims has changed. For low value claims £1000 – £5000 plus any financial losses there is now a Government portal that can help with this. While a solicitor can support your claim they are not paid any fees by the defendant in a successful claim.

To find out more, please continue reading our guide by clicking on the sections below.  If you have any questions about claiming compensation when injured in a car accident, please speak to a member of our team on 0161 696 9685.

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A Guide On What Happens If You Get Injured In A Car Accident

Our guide on what you should do following a car accident in which you were injured, provides essential advice. We cover how proving you are not responsible is essential. However, even you are partially liable, you could still make a claim.

You will find information on various injuries you could suffer in a car accident. We also explain how important it is to be examined by a doctor or other medical professional as soon as you can. You should be seen by a doctor even if you think you only sustained minor injuries.

In the sections that follow, you will find information on how to make a claim. We cover the importance of telling the person treating you how the accident happened.

We explain the importance of keeping a diary that details your injuries, the symptoms, treatment and other relevant information. The details recorded in a diary will strengthen a claim against a responsible party.

You will find information regarding the time limits linked to personal injury claims and how these must be respected. Furthermore, we provide you with an idea of how much a car accident injury claim could be worth.

Lastly, you will find out how a No Win No Fee lawyer could represent you, and we explain how a Conditional Fee Agreement works.

To find out more about how we can help you, please get in touch with one of our friendly advisers today. We will review your claim and once we find you have grounds to sue, we will put you in touch with a No Win No Fee lawyer.

Calculate Compensation If Injured In A Car Accident

The level of compensation you receive would depend on the severity of your injuries and how your future life is impacted. For an accurate estimate, an independent medical profession must examine you. They would provide a detailed report of your injuries and the prognosis.

We have included a compensation table in our guide to provide you with a rough idea on how much your injury could be worth, The amounts in our table are awarded as general damages for the injuries a claimant suffers. They are based on the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG).

InjuryPotential General Damages Awarded based on the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG)Details
Moderate injury to a neck (i)£23,460 to £36,120Claimants may suffer fractures or dislocations causing severe pain. Claimants may require spinal fusion. Other types of injuries in this category include soft tissue damage that negatively impacts a claimant’s neck and back.
Moderate injury to the back (ii)£11,730 to £26,050Claimants suffer ligament damage resulting in backache and other pain associated with damage to the back. The amount of compensation awarded depends on the severity of the injury and a claimant’s ability to live a normal life.
Moderate injury to a shoulder©£7,410 to £11,980Claimants suffer injuries which includes a frozen shoulder which may limit mobility to up to 2 years. Other injuries in this bracket include soft tissue damage where symptoms diminish over a period of 2 years but the injury is not permanent.
Fractured clavicle £4,830 to £11,490The amount awarded to a claimant will depend on the severity of the fracture and how disabling the injury is. Another consideration would be whether a claimant is left with ongoing symptoms.
Moderate injuries to the pelvis or hip (i)£24,950 to £36,770Claimant suffers significant injuries but no major disability and the risk of further damage later on is minimal.
Forearm fractures £6,190 to £18,020Simple fractures to the forearm/s
Injuries to the wrist (b)£22,990 to £36,770Claimant suffers significant injuries resulting in a permanent disability. However, claimant does retain some movement.
Moderate injuries to a leg (iv)£26,050 to £36,790Severe crushing injuries to one limb or multiple fractures could lead to awards in this bracket. The award would be determined based on the treatment undertaken, the risk of the claimant needing more surgery, and the effect on the claimant’s life.

To discuss a car accident injury claim with one of our expert advisers, please get in touch today on the number at the top of the page. You will be given free advice on how best to go forward with a valid claim against a responsible party.

Types Of Car Accident Injury Damages

General damages are awarded to you for the pain, suffering, and loss of amenity you endure after a car accident. On top of the general damages you receive, you will also get ‘special damages’ when you win your claim.

Special damages are awarded to claimants to reimburse their expenses as well as their losses. As such, proof of losses and expenses must be provided.

That said, you could claim the following in a successful car accident injury claim:

  • Prescription costs, medical aids (crutches, walking sticks, wheelchair are examples) which you have to pay for
  • The cost of attending hospital appointments, as well as getting to meetings with a solicitor. You can also claim parking fees
  • The cost of paying for someone to care for you while you recover. You can claim care costs even when a family member or friend takes care of you
  • Lost earnings for the time you are off work recovering
  • Loss of potential income if your car accident injuries are so severe, you cannot go on working

A member of our team can discuss the sort of special damages you could claim with you. As such, please reach out to an adviser today.

What Is A Claim If Injured In A Car Accident?

Suffering an injury in a car accident can leave you incapacitated for a period of time. You may not be able to work and bring in a normal wage during your recovery. This can lead to all sorts of pressure and stress at a time when you are recovering from an injury.

You could make a car accident injury claim when you can show you are not to blame for the incident. You can make a claim if you are partly responsible too.

The sort of injuries you could file a claim for include:

  • Contusions and bruising
  • Injuries to your neck – including whiplash
  • Injuries to the head – including traumatic brain damage
  • Back injuries
  • Concussion
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Internal injuries
  • Psychological, emotional, and mental harm
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

You may not be aware of any symptoms straight away because they only become apparent a few hours or days later. However, you must seek medical attention as soon as it is feasibly possible. Your injuries can be identified by a medical professional who will produce a detailed report.

Get Treatment For Your Injuries

When you are involved in a car accident and you sustain any sort of injury, you must seek medical attention. You must do so as soon as you can. A paramedic, doctor, nurse, or your own GP will provide a diagnosis of the injuries you suffered.

The medical report a medical professional provides is essential when you are seeking car accident injury compensation. This is true, even if you do not think you will make a car accident claim. You could have a change of heart, later on, more especially if a minor injury becomes something more serious a few days or weeks later.

One of our friendly advisers has the experience to review your claim and to let you know if you have good reason to sue. To speak to one of our expert advisers about the importance of getting treated for a car accident injury as soon as you can, please call the number at the top of the page.

Tell The Dr Or Hospital How You Were Injured

You should provide all the details of the car accident injuries you sustained to the person who treats you. Whether you go to the Accident & Emergency department, are treated by a paramedic, or you are treated at your own GP surgery.

You should explain the symptoms you are experiencing, even the minor ones. Something insignificant could turn into something a lot more serious later on. The more information you provide, the more details a medical professional can record in your medical report. All of which is essential evidence when it comes to valuing the general damages you receive.

To speak to a member of our team about claiming compensation for a car accident injury, please call the number at the top of the page.

Follow Any Medical Advice Or Treatment Program

It is important to follow a doctor’s instructions when you are injured in a car accident. If your doctor or other medical professional prescribes medication, this will be so you can make a speedy recovery,

It is vital to attend follow-up appointments with your doctor or another medical specialist.

To discuss your case with an experienced and friendly adviser, please get in touch today. A member of our team will review your claim and would put you in touch with a specialist No Win No Fee lawyer.

Make Sure You Keep A Diary Of Your Injuries And Symptoms

When you are injured in a car accident, you should keep a detailed diary of your injuries. This should include any details of the events leading up to when the car accident happened. Keeping a diary is extremely useful when it comes to remembering what happened when you make a claim.

The sort of information you record in a diary should include your symptoms, the treatment you receive, together the time you are unable to go to work. In addition, you should record your losses and expenses in your diary.

All the information contained in a diary will help you:

  • Remember the events that led up to the accident
  • Explain injuries you suffered in a car accident
  • Details the symptoms you had to cope with
  • Record your treatment and the prognosis

When you have all the information recorded in a diary, it means you can put together a detailed statement of evidence. Consequently, you stand a better chance of making a successful car accident injury claim against a third party. More especially if you have an experienced personal injury lawyer represent you.

To speak to one of our advisers about making a car accident claim for a personal injury, please reach out on the number at the top of the page. We provide free advice on how best to go forward with a claim once your case is reviewed. We would then put you in touch with a specialist No Win No Fee lawyer.

What Is The Limitation Period To Claim Compensation?

There are statutory time limits to making a personal injury claim. These must be respected because if you wait too long to start the claim, your claim could be ‘time barred’.

The time limits are:

  • 3 years from date of injury or date of knowledge
  • When you are injured but you are under 18 years of age, a family member or a friend can claim on your behalf. If no claim is made you have from your 18th birthday to your 21st to start a claim.
  • There is no time limit to seeking compensation if a claimant suffers a traumatic brain injury unless they recover.

When an injured party is not able to make legal decisions because they lack the mental capacity to do so, there is no time limit attached to the claim. However, once they make a recovery, the time limit would run from the date of their recovery. In short, they have 3 years from that date to start a personal injury claim.

Because the time limit to making personal injury claims varies, it is far wiser to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer sooner rather than later. To speak to our claims team today, please get in touch on the number shown below.

Make A No Win No Fee Claim If You Were Injured In A Car Accident

When you get in touch with one of our experienced and friendly advisers, we will review your claim. When we find you have good reason to sue for a personal injury, we will put you in touch with a No Win No Fee lawyer. 

You will be sent a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to sign and return to the solicitor who agrees to represent you. The solicitor can then begin working on your case without asking you to pay any upfront payments. in short, you don’t pay an upfront fee, and you don’t pay ongoing fees when you sign a No Win No Fee agreement.

The contract between a No Win No Fee lawyer and the claimant sets out the following:

  • What you should expect of the solicitor
  • The Terms and Conditions
  • The ‘success fee is capped and payable when you win your claim
  • The fact you will not pay the solicitor if your claim is unsuccessful

To speak to a member of our team and to find out whether you can make a No Win No Fee car accident injury claim, please call an adviser today.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about making a car accident injury claim, or you would like to begin a claim, please get in touch. You can reach an experienced adviser by:

We will provide free advice and once we have reviewed your claim, we will put you in touch with a No Win No Fee lawyer.

Related Car Accident Injury Claim Guides

Links to external websites:

The Highway Code:

The Highway Code, road safety and vehicle rules

Information on compulsory car insurance:

Compulsory vehicle insurance

Links to internal guides:

Claiming lost earnings:

Guide to claiming loss of earnings

How to claim a non-fault car accident injury claim:

Guide to claiming non-fault compensation

Claiming compensation for a fracture or broken bone:

A guide to making a broken bone or fracture claim

Statistics On Car Accident Injuries

For the year ending June 2020, the number of road traffic accidents in Great Britain were:

  • 1,580 reported road deaths (a decrease of 14% over the previous year)
  • 131,220 road traffic casualties of various severities

Car Accident Injury Claim FAQs

We have provided the answers to several frequently asked questions about car accident injuries which are detailed below:

What is the average settlement for a car accident with an injury?

The average compensation payout for a car accident injury depends on the severity of the injury. Another consideration that affects the payout is how an injury impacts future life. The amounts awarded are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). They are paid out as general damages for the pain, suffering, and loss of amenity (PSLA).

How do I make an injury claim after a car accident?

Details of the car accident and the other driver’s details must be recorded. You should also inform your insurer and collect independent witness details. Lastly, you have the option to contact an expert personal injury solicitor.

How much is pain and suffering worth in a car accident?

Insurance providers will normally pay more for severe pain and suffering than for injuries that are less serious. An example is that if you suffer a broken leg, you would receive less than if you suffered brain damage.

What is a good settlement offer?

Legal professionals can use a publication called the Judicial College guidelines. Within this publication contain bracket figures for different injuries and their severities. The amounts come from past cases that have settled in court.

How is pain and suffering damage calculated?

Medical records and files along with an independent medical examination will help insurance companies hone in on a figure for general damages.

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