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Car Accident Claims
Car accidents can occur for a number of reasons, many of which are completely beyond our control such as vehicle faults, defects in the road surface or design or adverse weather conditions such as rain, fog and ice.
But unsurprisingly, driver error remains the most common cause of road accidents - accounting for 90 per cent of all collisions. Key contributing factors commonly include inappropriate or excessive speed, driver intoxication, age and tiredness. Other factors can include situations where the driver becomes distracted or suffers a lapse in concentration, such as may be the case when hand-held devices such as phones are being used.
Sadly, excessive speed and the force of impact in any resulting collision will often play a crucial factor in determining the severity of any injuries. Other factors that may have a direct bearing on the amount of damage to both vehicles and occupants include the types of car involved and whether safety features such as ABS brakes, seatbelts, airbags and crumple zones were employed.
Non-fatal injuries can naturally involve anything from simple bruising and soft tissue injuries (known as whiplash), to catastrophic limb loss or life-changing head and spinal injuries. For every person killed on our roads, approximately 10 more suffer serious injuries. These injuries are often life-altering, not only for the injured parties, but also for their families and friends.
Being involved in a car accident can obviously be an extremely traumatic experience. However, if you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. Pursuing a claim may be a daunting prospect to some people but it is important to remember that all drivers should by law be insured and that these insurance policies exist to cover the costs of such claims.
If your injuries were caused by the fault or negligence of another driver, your claim will be made against that person’s insurance company. If your injuries were caused by an environmental factor such as a problem with the road you were on at the time of the accident, your claim will be made against the Highways Agency. In claims which relate to uninsured and ‘untraced’ drivers or those involved in hit-and-run incidents, compensation claims can be made against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).
Whatever the circumstances of your car accident, we can help you through every stage of your claim. We can advise you on every aspect, secure you all the medical treatment and rehabilitation you may need for however long is necessary. We can also ensure your financial stability by recovering any expenses you may incur as a result of an accident including any lost earnings suffered from having to take time off work or in the event that you have had to give up your job.
How can Fentons Solicitors help?
If you think you have a case, or require further assistance with your road accident claim, why not call our freephone helpline on 0800 019 1297, alternatively complete the brief road accidents claim form.
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