Road traffic accidents
Despite having one of the best road safety records in Europe, 2012/13 saw an estimated 185,000 injuries caused by accidents on the UK’s roads*. Many of these accidents are caused by dangerous and negligent drivers, which could have been avoided. If you’ve been hurt in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, then there’s a good chance you may be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Road traffic accidents can be caused for a number of reasons, but things like speeding, drink driving and failure to pay due care and attention to the road are some of the most common. If your accident was caused by the poor condition of the road you were travelling on, then your local council may be held liable to pay your injury compensation.
Whether you’re the driver or passenger, a motorcyclist, cyclist or even a pedestrian you could have the right to claim compensation. Although whiplash is the most common form of road traffic personal injury, there are many more serious afflictions that can occur depending on the severity of the crash. Motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians can suffer much more serious injuries to their head or legs for example, which often require physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
What to do if you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident?
Jigsaw Law understand an accident on the road can be extremely traumatic and upsetting, especially if you have been injured, and we’re here to help. Depending on the severity of your injury, it is essential you seek medical attention immediately from either your GP or local hospital, as they will be able to offer you treatment and ensure your injuries do not get any worse.
Like all personal injury claims, you will need to be able to prove that the other party was negligent and thus responsible for your personal injury. You should notify the police of your accident and if you can, always try to make a note of any witnesses and their addresses, and take photographs. You should also remember to keep all medical prescription receipts, travel costs and any other expenses you have incurred as a result of your road traffic accident, as we will claim these back for you from the third party insurance.
What will my claim cost me?
Jigsaw Law operate on a no win no fee basis which means should we fail to win your case, you will not be charged for our service. However, should your claim be successful and we win your case, we will deduct 25% of your final compensation to cover our legal fees. By law we are able to deduct 25% of your final compensation award towards our legal costs. If we are acting for you on this basis we will have discussed this with you at the outset of your claim. There may be exceptions to this which your solicitor will discuss with you.
If you want to know more about the different kinds of injury that commonly occur following a road traffic accident, you can access our information pages via the main menu above, or you can try out our personal injury calculator to see what compensation you could be entitled to following your accident.
To start your claim, call 0845 340 0509, complete our online claim form or request a call back.
* 12 months to June 2013. Department of Transport.