Among the most common causes of personal injury are accidents on the road. From relatively minor injuries such as whiplash, right through to very serious injuries, Miller Samuel Hill Brown can advise you on all aspects of making a claim following a road traffic accident.
Road traffic accidents (or RTAs) for short are all too common. If you have been injured in a car crash or accident at some point in the last three years, and the accident was not your fault, then you may be able to claim compensation. You can claim compensation if you are involved in an accident as a driver or passenger, or if you were injured as a pedestrian or cyclist. Even if you were not immediately involved in a road traffic accident, you may be able to claim compensation if you suffered an injury as a result of, for example, skidding on a patch of oil that was not cleared up. If you have been involved in an accident, and can answer ‘yes’ to these questions, you may have a claim:
If you have answered yes to all three of these questions, then contact Miller Samuel Hill Brown's expert personal injury solicitors today. Drivers are obliged by law to take reasonable care for other road users. This duty is judged against definite standards and is known as the duty of care. Very often in road traffic accident compensation claims, this standard is judged against the Highway Code. Things like failing to leave an adequate stopping distance, signalling incorrectly, failing to observe properly when pulling out of a junction can all point to a breach of the duty of care. Failing to take heed of the conditions can also play a part. If this duty is breached, and you are injured as a result, then you may be able to seek compensation.
All drivers are required by law to be insured before driving on the road. It is the insurance company who will pay out after your accident. As such, it is important that you exchange insurance details with the driver of the other car if you are involved in a car accident. Even if the other driver was not insured, the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) may pay out on your claim. The MIB pay out on claims made by uninsured drivers. If you are pursuing a claim against the MIB then you must:
If you are injured in a road traffic accident, it is important that you seek medical treatment promptly. Not only will this speed your rehabilitation, it can provide evidence of your claim (in the form of medical reports and diagnoses) and, importantly, ensure that you receive the right amount of compensation. The amount of compensation (the ‘quantum’) you will receive is based on an assessment of your injuries. Clearly, the potential for very serious injury in a car crash is greater than that of a trip or fall accident. Thus, the awards made for injuries suffered in a car accident can be significant. You can claim compensation for:
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