If you’ve suffered a road traffic accident in the last three years, you’ll no doubt have countless things on your mind. From worrying about your vehicle, to recovering from the injuries you sustained, it is a highly stressful period. You’ll need experience on your side to help you make things right.
Types of road traffic accident injuries
If you’ve been through a road traffic accident, you could have sustained one of a huge number of injuries, ranging from comparatively minor to life-changing. As roads and vehicles are so different, there is no one category of injury you could have suffered.
Depending on the specific circumstances of your accident, you could have suffered from any of the following:
- Back injury
- Head trauma
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
According to the Department for Transport, there are “a number of influences” behind road traffic accidents, including the distance travelled, mix of transport modes, motorists’ behaviour and external factors such as weather.
Can you make a claim for a road traffic accident?
If you’ve had a road traffic accident in the last three years that was the fault of another motorist, you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
In 2016, 24,101 people suffered serious injuries in road traffic accidents. In total, there were 181,384 casualties of all severities that year. Many of these incidents would have been caused by another motorist, including drivers not looking properly and driving over the speed limit or too fast for the road conditions. If this – or something similar – happened to you, you could proceed with a claim.
To make your claim stronger, try to gather as much evidence as possible. Any witness statements will also give your case credibility. Speaking to our team of solicitors will help you clarify whether you have a strong case.
How much compensation can you claim for a road traffic accident?
The level of compensation you could be awarded will depend on how severe your injury was and whether you lost any earnings through missing work, as well as any other relevant factors. This means it is difficult to say exactly what you could claim before beginning the process, but we have had real success with some of our other clients.
- We helped a client who suffered three neck fractures, soft tissue injuries to her neck and shoulders, as well as a perforated right ear when a car veered into the path of the car she was a passenger in. Our client was awarded £60,000 in compensation.
- Another of our clients suffered soft tissue injury to her back, as well as a bulging disc when her car was rear-ended. When we took her claim on, we helped her secure £10,000 in compensation.
When to start the claims process?
The best thing to do when you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident is to begin the claims process as soon as possible. Doing so will help ensure the details of the incident are clear in your mind when you decide to go ahead with the claim.
However, we understand that it may take time to fully come to terms with what happened. It is typically possible to make a claim up to three years after the accident happened. If you were under 18 at the time, though, you may be able to begin a claim up to three years after your 18th birthday.
Why choose Hayward Baker?
When you’re thinking about making a claim for compensation after your accident, we know you have a lot of choice. However, you’ll need a solicitor with the necessary experience and knowledge to give you the best chance of success. The team here at Hayward Baker has previously secured really significant compensation for victims of road traffic accidents, which has given us the confidence to be able to help you too.
Our team will help you understand how the claims process works, without using legal jargon. We will ensure you are updated at all critical stages of the case to ensure you know how things are progressing.
We work hard to deliver to each of our clients a tailored and personalised service, unique to them as an individual. So we will work with you to ensure you are comfortable with the process.