Road Traffic Accidents
Each year thousands of accidents occur on our highways that affect drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians alike.
All drivers have a duty of care to other road users. If this responsibility is not upheld and as a result of their negligence a road traffic accident takes place, the injured parties should be able to claim compensation against the driver concerned.
Every day in the UK nine people are killed and 100 people are injured on the public highways as a result of road traffic accidents. Speeding motorists are the leading contributory factor to these figures, although one in six road traffic accidents occur due to the driver being under the influence of alcohol. The numbers of pedestrian fatalities in the UK is amongst the highest in Europe, with 25% of fatal collisions being caused by young, inexperienced drivers. These statistics only go to prove the hazardous conditions on our roads today, and how likely you are to be involved in a road traffic accident.
If you have been a victim of a road traffic accident and you are seeking to claim compensation, personalinjuryclaims.net will be able to put you in touch with a personal injury claim solicitor who will guide you through every step of the legal process to get you the compensation you deserve.
Most victims of road traffic accidents will suffer some sort of physical injury which may be anything from cuts and bruises, to fractures and broken limbs; or in the most serious cases, loss of mobility. Whilst you will quite rightly be entitled to claim against the parties responsible for your physical suffering, there is also the added consideration of the damage caused to your vehicle. You may incur costs for removal of your vehicle from the scene of the accident; plus there will be the cost of any repairs. If your vehicle is off the road for any length of time, there will also be the added expense of hiring a replacement vehicle. All these extra costs will be taken into consideration by the personal injury solicitor when calculating your claim for compensation.
As with any personal injury claim, it is always a good idea to be well prepared before making your initial telephone call to start claim proceedings. The more detailed information you can provide to the solicitor, the better the likely outcome of your claim. It is standard practice when you are involved in a road traffic accident to take the insurance details of the other parties involved, but it is also a good idea to gather any supporting evidence relating to the accident where possible, in particular photographs of the accident site and any damage to your vehicle. Witness statements are invaluable when compiling a case for compensation, so if possible get the names and addresses of anyone who witnessed the accident. No matter how minor your injuries may seem, always seek medical advice and keep notes on any treatment received, plus dates and times of local GP consultations or hospital visits.
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