Personal Injury Claims from Road Traffic Accidents
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A recent report from the Department of Transport reveals that the number of deaths caused by accidents on Britain’s roads rose by 10% in 2022 compared to the previous year.
Last year, there was a total of 1,711 fatalities in car accidents in Britain, up from 1,558 in 2021. In addition, 2022 saw 29,742 people killed or seriously injured in accidents on the roads, and there were 135,480 casualties of all severities.
The rise in numbers between 2021 and 2022 has been attributed to lifting COVID-19 restrictions, which saw an increase in the number of vehicles returning to the country’s roads. Data from 2019 supports this, with 2022 showing a 2% decline in road fatalities compared to 2019 statistics and a drop of around 12% on 2019 for casualties of all severities.
However, casualty rates for road traffic accidents (RTAs) in the UK have generally remained relatively stable for the past few years. On average, over the past decade, around 150,000 people each year are involved in serious accidents on Britain’s roads, with an average of five people being killed every day and 82 seriously injured.
In addition, thousands more people suffer from less severe injuries as a result of accidents on Britain’s roads, with many resulting in compensation claims.
Road traffic accidents are one of the most common accident types that result in a personal injury claim. The latest figures from 2020 show that there were 650,000 road traffic accident-related claims that year, of which 550,000 were whiplash-related.
Road traffic accident claims can include:
- Cycling accident claims.
- Passenger claims.
- Pedestrian accident claims.
- Motorbike accident claims.
- Bus and coach accident claims.
- E-Scooter accident claims.
You may be able to make a claim for compensation if you’ve been injured as a driver, a passenger, pedestrian, cyclist or motorcyclist, including in some circumstances when an accident may have been partially your fault.
In this blog, our Road Traffic Accident Claims Solicitors look at some frequently asked questions about compensation claims resulting from road traffic accidents.
What is a road traffic accident?
A road traffic accident is a collision involving a vehicle on a road or in a public area that causes damage or injury to a person, animal, another vehicle or property.
Many different parties can make a claim for compensation from an accident on the roads. At Berlad Graham, we represent clients in all types of road traffic accident claims, including
- Pedestrians crossing the road.
- Car passengers.
- Bus passengers.
- Rear-end shunt.
- Hit and run.
- Accidents on a roundabout.
What are the most common causes of RTAs?
Road traffic accidents can occur for various reasons. Some of the most common causes of accidents on the roads are:
- Distracted drivers.
- Impaired ability.
I’ve been in a car accident, what should I do?
If you have been unlucky enough to be involved in a road traffic accident, you should:
- Record the other party’s details at the scene, including name, address, telephone, insurance details and vehicle registration number.
- Report the matter to the police immediately and get a police reference number.
- Take details of any other party and any witnesses.
- Contact your insurers.
All of these will assist when making your claim and improve the chances of it being successful.
How do I make an RTA compensation claim?
If you have been injured in an accident on the roads and would like to start a compensation claim, you should seek specialist legal advice from a solicitor with experience in road traffic accidents.
Our team of road traffic accident solicitors at Berlad Graham have been helping individuals and their families make compensation claims for many years. We will be able to consider the merits of your claim and advise you of your next steps.
Our professional team will also provide the additional support you need to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
The sooner you seek legal advice from specialist road traffic accident solicitors, the better, as it is easier for us to prepare your claim and apply for any interim payments you may be entitled to.
For advice on road traffic accident compensation claims, call Berlad Graham LLP today on 0330 175 5655.
What sorts of injuries can be caused by a road traffic accident?
The nature of injuries and their severity depends on the accident. Some common RTA injuries include:
- Whiplash (a neck injury sustained by your head jolting suddenly back and forth).
- Back injuries.
- Broken bones.
- Internal injuries.
- Burns and scars.
- Brain injuries.
- Limb loss.
Is there a time limit on RTA claims?
For most road traffic accidents in England and Wales, a compensation claim must be made within three years from the date of the accident. There are some exceptions, so it is worth contacting a solicitor for advice to see if you can make a claim.
How much compensation will I get from a road traffic accident?
The amount of compensation you are entitled to following a road traffic accident varies wildly, depending on the nature of your injuries, the pain and suffering endured, and the financial impact of the accident.
Some low-value RTA claims are now handled through the Official Injury Claims portal following its introduction by the Ministry of Justice at the end of May 2021. This government portal is designed for claims valued at less than £5,000, rising to a total of £10,000 for all losses related to the accident (such as loss of earnings and damage to your car and property).
More complex, higher-value claims are unsuitable for the process and are handled outside of this process with expert guidance from a solicitor.
If you are considering making a claim for compensation arising from a road traffic accident, it is always best to speak to a personal injury solicitor who will advise you on the best course of action for your situation.
Road Traffic Accident Solicitors Uxbridge, Hereford and Shropshire
Our team of personal injury solicitors at Berlad Graham LLP know just how traumatic and distressing the aftermath of a road traffic accident can be.
We have extensive experience assisting victims of road traffic accidents and have guided victims and their families through a wide range of claims for compensation.
We take on many compensation claims following an RTA on a no-win no-fee basis, meaning there is no initial financial outlay, and you get fair access to justice following an accident that wasn’t your fault. Most road traffic accident compensation claims are settled out of court, and if your case is successful, you should expect your legal fees to be paid by the other side.
If you are looking for advice and guidance on road traffic accidents and want to discuss your next steps, please call Berlad Graham LLP today on 0330 175 5655.