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Car Accident Claims
If you have been the victim of a car accident that was not your fault, Smith Jones Solicitors are on hand to help you with the rehabilitation process, access to support as well as helping you win the maximum compensation that you may be entitled to.
There is no financial risk to you in pursuing a 'no win no fee' claim with Smith Jones.
Our expert team of friendly injury lawyers are specialists in auto accident claims and claiming car-crash-claim compensation for personal injury. We are accredited by The Law Society and have advised thousands of clients in relation to claiming for a car accident injury. You can call us on our Freephone helpline 0800 195 95 90 for a no obligation appraisal of your claim.
If you decide to instruct us to act on your behalf after your free consultation, we will work to ensure that you receive compensation for any associated medical expenses, lost income, lost potential income and other related expenses that you incur due to being in an accident. We will also work to ensure that you receive the best possible care and rehabilitation for the injuries that you have sustained.
We are car accident claims experts & fully understand that being involved in a motor accident can have far-reaching consequences. We are here to help ease the burden and work towards putting it right. On average we can win you a payout that is 84% higher than if you pursued the case yourself!
Furthermore, we, of course, understand that some car accidents have tragic consequences and you may be acting on someone else’s behalf. If someone close to you has been the tragic victim of a fatal accident on the road or has suffered serious injuries, we can support you when making a car accident claim on their behalf. We will always act in a highly sensitive and professional manner and work to obtain compensation for all expected and unexpected expenditure that you may have found yourself facing.
To find out more, speak to one of our experts for free on 0800 195 95 90, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our legal team specialises in dealing with accident and personal injury claims only. We have been providing legal services in the UK since 1988 and are accredited through the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, as well as The Law Society and, are regulated and authorised by the SRA.
Advice On What To Do After A Car Crash
While the majority of drivers are very careful on the roads, sometimes it is impossible to prevent traffic accidents from occurring due to the fault of another motorist. Smith Jones Solicitors have made it their mission to help drivers, their families and passengers cope with the implications of being involved in car accidents. We are aware that sometimes, another driver’s negligence can disrupt your life in an instant, so if either you or a loved one has been the victim of an accident, you should speak to us about what to do next.
Additionally, you may be able to get a payout for all costs incurred, such as your medical expenses, any lost income and future ongoing care or treatment expenses. This could also include your emotional and mental distress together with your pain and suffering. Should you be unlucky enough to be the victim of a road traffic accident, you should follow this advice:
- Get help. Telephone an ambulance if you have been injured or any other person has been hurt as a result of the accident. This has got to be your first priority. After that, call the police too as they will be able to give you an incident number. This is essential evidence which you will need if you are going to make a claim.
- Note the essential details such as the description and registration number of any other vehicle involved. Obtain the address, name, and the insurance details of all drivers and passengers present and obtain contact details for the witnesses who observed the accident
- Write down what the weather conditions, visibility and road conditions were like when the accident took place. If you have access to a camera, take some photos/videos of all damage incurred, of all vehicles involved and also the environment around you
- Speak to your insurers and tell them about the incident.
- Seek professional legal advice from highly experienced and qualified solicitors such as Smith Jones
When approaching a solicitor to obtain legal advice, there are several things that you should try to supply as evidence in order to maximise the amount of compensation you can be awarded:
- Photographs of all injuries incurred
- Prescriptions and receipts for the expenses you have incurred in respect of medical treatment
- Receipts for all additional costs that you have incurred because of your accident e.g. payments for additional childcare, the cost of taxis to medical appointments or cancellation fees for a holiday
- A letter from your employer stating how much time you have had to take off work due to suffering you have sustained and the amount of income you have lost.
- A personal diary which outlines any further information which has not been covered by receipts including the period of time in hospital, details about your suffering and pain and information about any difficulties you face in your everyday life
What If The Accident Was Partly My Fault?
Most motorists believe that if they were partially at fault they are unable to get any kind of compensation, however, this is not necessarily true. Whether its due to loss of concentration, not dealing with adverse weather conditions in the best way or other reasons, it still makes sense to obtain legal advice following any type of collision since all cases are different and you may still be able to make a claim. For example, if your vehicle hit another motorist, but it was due to a pothole in the road, you may have a case, although sometimes the amount of compensation you will be awarded may be reduced to reflect your partial blame.
Should you have been unlucky enough to have a collision which involves a motorist without insurance, it is still possible to make an uninsured driver claim through the Motor Insurers Bureau. However, you will require legal advice in order to navigate this complex process effectively.
How Our Car Accident Solicitors Can Help
Some injuries may have life-changing consequences for the injured party, so any compensation settlement or award will take into account:
- The severity
- All received medical treatment
- The cost of treatment
- The cost of any future or ongoing care or treatment
- Reduction or loss of mental or physical capacity
- Pain and suffering
- You can make a Fatal Car Accident Claim if a loved one has been killed in the accident
- Earnings lost while recovering from injury
- Anticipated loss of future earnings if the injury received is severe enough to mean that returning to work would be unlikely
- Damage incurred to the vehicle
- Emotional or mental problems suffered due to the accident such as PTSD, depression or anxiety because of the accident
- Other out of pocket expenses including property damage and travel expenses
Awards are always set out following the Judicial College guidelines which have been drawn up for personal injury claims. The courts and insurers use these guidelines when proposing settlements.
How Long Before I Recieve Compensation?
If you are making a claim for car accident compensation which is worth less than £25,000, you will in all likelihood proceed through the electronic Claims Portal system. This means that compensation may be paid out within six months. However, if the case is more complex or serious, the time taken to receive compensation could be a lot longer- especially if the at fault party or their insurer denies liability. This is why many compensation cases are settled by the insurers, however, if you reject the initial settlement offered it is likely you will be offered a higher amount at a later date.
Why Use Smith Jones Solicitors
Established in 1988, Smith Jones solicitors have a long history in dealing with all types of personal injury claims resulting from road traffic accidents. We are proud to have successfully represented thousands of motorists who have suffered at the hands of another person’s negligence on the roads. As accredited personal injury solicitors, we can be relied upon to handle your case in the most sensitive and efficient manner.
Thanks to our expertise and commitment to our clients, we are able to offer you the support and rehabilitation necessary to get your life back to normal. Whether it is you yourself who has been injured as a result of non-fault car accidents, or whether you are acting on behalf of a relative, we are here to support and assist you in pursuing compensation. Most of our car accident claims are funded through no win no fee arrangements, so you can rest assured that there will be no costs to pay upfront and no financial risk. Should your compensation claim be successful, your legal costs will be subtracted from the amount that you are awarded.
Types Of Incidents
Accidents on the road are now a common occurrence, which is hardly surprising considering the number of vehicles which use Britain’s roads. In 2016 there were over 136,631 people injured as because of traffic accidents (Source: gov.uk). However, there are some types of accident which are more common than others:
- Head-On: these are often the worst kind, typically occurring when a vehicle crosses into the oncoming traffic and strikes another vehicle head-on. If both vehicles are moving at speed, the energy in the crash is doubled, resulting in a more severe incident with more chance of a serious injury or fatality.
- Rear End: this type of crash occurs more frequently – in fact, there are around 42 000 crashes of this type every year. Usually, this type of crash occurs at low speed and consequences are often minor. However, it is still vital to obtain the other driver’s name and vehicle registration number (plus insurance details if possible) since soft tissue damage may take some time to become apparent and you will need that information to make a claim for personal injury.
- Side Impact: this is an especially dangerous type of collision, but unfortunately one of the most frequently occurring. Often, this crash will happen at a busy intersection and often will take place because one of the drivers didn’t notice a traffic signal. If the vehicles are travelling at speed when this kind of impact occurs the outcome can be quite severe or even fatal.
If we have not listed the type of accident you have been in, we recommend you call our friendly team who will be able to advise you if you can still make a claim for compensation.
It is vital that anyone who is involved in an accident either as a driver or passenger seeks out proper medical help, even if the injuries sustained seem minor. Some common injuries:
- Head Injury
- Spinal Injury
- Soft tissue damage
- Broken bones
The human brain is fragile, and even though the skull can withstand a reasonable amount of shock, the force of the impact can cause serious damage. If you are involved in an accident and fall unconscious, you will be transported to a hospital for tests to determine how severe your injuries actually are. However, even if the accident seemed relatively minor, drivers often fail to realise that they may have sustained a brain injury. If you experience headaches, memory loss, a throbbing pain or any nausea, it is essential to seek medical help.
Broken bones commonly occur in traffic accidents. While some collisions cause severe breaks which require long-term treatment, sometimes due to ongoing pain, even a simple broken bone often takes more than 6 weeks to heal. A considerable amount of physiotherapy will also likely be required to help the victim regain strength in the affected area.
While spinal injuries are no longer always life-threatening, their ongoing impact can be serious. Even relatively minor issues such as cracked vertebrae will have long-lasting consequences, and specialist consultant care will often be necessary. For those who suffer from the most severe spinal damage, paralysis is an all too real possibility.
Back and Neck
Some of the most common problems that affect the neck and back when involved in collisions on the road include: herniated discs, whiplash, strains and sprains. While some of these problems may not be life-threatening, they can be extremely painful and long-lasting.
Motorists who suffer from burns during an accident could have anything from a minor injury or a fatal one. A severe burn could need painful skin grafts and leave permanent scarring.
Injury to the Soft Tissues
If ligaments, tendons or muscles are torn or stretched during a car crash, the resulting pain can be very severe and long-lasting.
Anyone who is injured as a result of an accident in a vehicle that was not their fault whether as a driver, passenger or pedestrian could also suffer from depression and anxiety due to the ongoing difficulties that their suffering has caused.
What Is The Legal Process?
Injured motorists who have been in an accident that was not their fault may be entitled to claim compensation for any injuries sustained and any long-term consequences they may have. Some of the claims that can be made include compensation for an injury resulting from:
- Poorly maintained, defective and potholed road surfaces
- Hit and run incidents
- Accidents involving uninsured drivers
- Defective vehicles
- Collisions with a distracted or incapacitated driver
If you have been the victim of a road traffic accident which was not your fault, it is possible that you may be entitled to make a compensation claim. Here at Smith Jones, we have over 30 years of legal experience. We have a strong understanding of just how disruptive being injured in a motor accident can be and its ongoing consequences for you and your loved ones. That is why our professional expert team are guaranteed to handle your compensation claim sensitively and effectively.
Whether you require ongoing physiotherapy in order to regain muscle strength and movement after an injury, or you need psychological therapy to overcome the depression and anxiety you are experiencing because of your injuries, we are able to work in conjunction with medical professionals to get you the help that you need.
If you have to stay off work for some time because of the injuries sustained, our skilled team can assist in making a claim for the income you have lost. If you are out of pocket because of the expenses associated with your accident, for example by paying for prescription charges or additional travel costs, we are also able to assist in the reclamation of these sums.
Should you believe you are eligible to claim for a car accident which was not your fault, telephone our free helpline on 0800 195 9590 and obtain further advice. Our friendly team can help to determine whether you have a valid claim and advise you as to how best to proceed. Our helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we promise to deal with your claim sensitively and professionally.
Dealing With Motor Insurance Companies
Every motorist in the UK must have an adequate insurance policy before being permitted to use their vehicle on the road. This guarantees that, should they cause a road traffic accident, they can compensate the victim for the damage to their vehicle as well paying compensation for hardship experienced due to any physical damage sustained in the accident. Even third-party cover, which is the minimum requirement for insurance, covers any of the victims, offering monetary relief if the injured party needs to take time off work for recuperation.
Here at Smith Jones, we are aware of the complexities involved in dealing with the UK insurance system. We want to take the stress away from you and are committed to helping victims of accidents to make a compensation claim if they have been hurt in a car accident through no fault of their own.
These days, lots of insurance companies will offer an early settlement to victims before they have been able to seek legal advice. However, it is usually a bad idea to accept an early offer since the amount of compensation you are likely to be offered will almost certainly be considerably lower than the sum which could be obtained through the courts. Since no insurer is able to properly value a compensation claim without getting evidence from a medical professional about your injuries, you should never accept an offer of early settlement before speaking to a legal professional.
If you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault at any time during the past 3 years, you may be able to pursue injury claims. Our professional team have years of experience in handling the legalities and will be able to determine the validity of your case. We are able to obtain the essential medical evidence as well as assess your likely recovery period and any long-term issues that you are likely to face. Whilst quantifying your case we will also be able to claim for your out of pocket expenses and financial losses so you can be appropriately recompensed.