We are all at risk of suffering a motor accident injury, whether you drive, ride a motor bike, take a taxi or bus or simply walk along beside a road. The majority of road traffic accidents (RTA’S) are of course car accidents and fortunately the majority of car accidents do not result in any injuries to the drivers or passengers.
However in some circumstances there can be injuries to the people concerned and these injuries can be relatively minor such as whiplash to a catastrophic injury and in some cases fatalities.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a motor accident, regardless of the severity of the injuries you should not be left in any pain, which has been caused by the negligence of another person.
If you feel that you are entitled to make a claim for compensation then you should contact a specialist personal injury solicitor as soon as possible in order that they can give you advice and guidance. If they feel your case has reasonable prospect to recover damages they will be able to handle your claim on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis from start to finish.
It should also be remembered that it is not only the drivers of the vehicles involved who are able to claim, but passengers who are injured, are also able to make a compensation claim off the driver who is at fault insurance even if that is the driver of the vehicle they were in.
If you, as the passenger, were aware of the driver being under the influence of alcohol or drugs or knew the vehicle was not roadworthy then this may result in less compensation, however it does not remove your right to claim.
We have listed below a few common causes of road accident claims, where you would not be at fault:
- Accidents caused by drivers, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, on mobile phones, reading maps or generally not paying enough attention to the road.
- A vehicle emerging from a minor road onto major road without checking it is clear to do so.
- Vehicles overtaking and on the wrong side of the road when the collision occurs
- Braking to avoid a potential collision the vehicle behind you does not react in time, and therefore collides with your vehicle causing injury to you.
- Impact caused by a vehicle in front of your own reversing.
- Collisions caused by the late braking of another driver regardless of weather conditions.
- Injuries caused to passengers of vehicles.
The most frequent injury caused motor accidents is whiplash, which can leave the injured party with muscle pain in their back, neck and shoulders.
Back and spinal injuries can cause debilitating pain throughout the body even on the slightest movement, essentially hindering the injured person in carrying out day-to-day activities such as walking, working, sleeping, standing and so forth.
If you have injuries, whether permanent or temporary, such as whiplash then a personal injury solicitor may be able to claim the compensation you are entitled to.
The severity of injuries caused by road traffic accidents can vary greatly from head injuries, broken bones, lacerations to the body, muscle and nerve damage, as well as psychological trauma such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which is common place following vehicle accidents. It is therefore not just severe injuries such as amputation, permanent disfigurement, or disability which can be compensated for.
What should I do after a motor accident?
Gathering as much evidence as you can immediately following the accident is very important, and so is the information collected regarding the location, time, and driver at fault, is as important as the details of the personal injury suffered by you.
Whilst at the scene of the accident you need to do the following:
- Ensure everybody is alright and no one has any serious injury requiring urgent medical attention. Should this be the case, call for an ambulance immediately.
- Make a record of the make, model and registration number of the other vehicle.
- Take the name and address of the driver, or the other vehicle, or vehicles.
- Obtain the other driver’s insurance details.
- If possible take a photograph of the scene. This will help with any inconsistency that may arise concerning who is liable. Most people carry a mobile phone with a camera nowadays, so taking photos shouldn’t be a problem.
- Witnesses can provide essential testimony, especially if liability is unclear and you feel the circumstances will be disputed. If there are any witnesses to the accident, obtain their details.
- Insurance companies should be notified as soon as possible. If need be you should notify the police, especially if liability is disputed or the accident is causing a disruption on the road.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of a car accident, or any other vehicle on the road, you need to seek medical advice immediately. In some circumstances injuries are not always visible so if you are at all unsure seek medical advice as soon as possible.