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Every year in the UK, tens of thousands of people are killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents. According to the road safety charity Brake , five people die on British roads every single day.
Road traffic accidents can have a devastating impact on you and your family’s life. Perhaps you have sustained severe, life-changing injuries, or tragically, lost a loved one due to a serious crash. In addition to your pain and suffering, you may be dealing with a significant amount of psychological trauma.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, our specialist personal injury solicitors can help you get the maximum compensation you deserve. We can also help you access the best medical treatment, rehabilitation, and support you need.
While many motor insurers will try to settle your compensation claim directly with you, you are not obliged to use the lawyer they recommend. It is better to do your own research and use a law firm that specialises in securing maximum compensation for people seriously injured in road traffic accidents.
Our expert personal injury team has many years of experience helping thousands of people with their road accident claims involving serious injuries such as:
- Brain and head injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Amputation and loss of limbs
- Bone fractures
- Nerve injuries
- Loss of sight
- Chronic pain
- Burns injuries
- Fatal injuries
If you have tragically lost a loved one in a serious accident, we can also help you make a fatal injury compensation claim.
Whether you have been involved in a car accident, motorcycling accident, cycling accident, public transport accident, horse riding accident, an accident involving a lorry, coach, bus or caravan or been seriously injured as a pedestrian or a passenger, we have the experience and expertise to help.
You do not need to worry if your road traffic accident involved an uninsured driver, you may still be able to make a road accident claim. Our specialist personal injury solicitors can advise you on how to claim compensation using the Motor Insurance Bureau.
Getting road traffic accident compensation
Your road traffic accident compensation will help you with the financial impact the crash has had on your life. It can help you pay for:
- Private medical treatment
- Specialist rehabilitation and therapy
- Care and support costs
- Travel expenses to medical appointments
- Cost of essential house or vehicle adaptations
- Mobility devices and specialist equipment
Your damages can also make up for the loss of any wages, including future loss of earnings, as well as medical treatment and care you may need in the future.
Our road traffic accident solicitors understand that the thought of contacting a law firm and talking about the trauma you have been through can seem daunting, but our friendly professional team has the knowledge and expertise to give you the best possible advice.
We offer No Win No Fee funding which means there is no financial risk to you or any hidden, unexpected costs. In the highly unlikely event, your road accident claim is unsuccessful you will not have to pay anything. Click here to find out more information about No Win No Fee.
Book a free initial consultation with our expert road traffic accident solicitors
If you or a loved one has suffered due to a serious road accident, our specialist solicitors are on hand to advise you on your next steps.
Our expertise with traffic accident claims
Road traffic accidents can have a devastating impact. Our expert serious personal injury solicitors have extensive experience helping people who have suffered life-changing injuries due to traffic accidents.
We have a strong track record securing maximum compensation and the best possible medical treatment, rehabilitation, care, and support for those seriously injured in crashes.
We can help secure interim payments during your claim before the final settlement is agreed to pay for private medical care and vital rehabilitation, such as physiotherapy or occupational therapy.
Our expertise includes:
- Car accident claims
- Uninsured driver / Motor Insurers’ Bureau claims
- Pedestrian claims
- Cycling accident claims
- Motorcycling accident claims
- Bus/coach/lorry/HGV accident claims
- Passenger claims
- Horse riding accident claims
How to make a road accident claim
Free initial consultation to see if you can claim for compensation
The first thing you need to do is contact Novum Law for a free consultation about your road accident claim.
It is important to get early legal advice about how much personal injury compensation you might be entitled to. We offer a completely free initial chat about what happened to you.
No Win No Fee road traffic accident claims
Making a road traffic accident claim with Novum Law is pretty easy and there are no risks thanks to our No Win No Fee funding. There are no upfront or hidden costs and in the highly unlikely event your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay a penny. Click here to find out more about our No Win No Fee offer.
Investigating your traffic accident claim
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a traffic accident that was not your fault, contact our specialist personal injury team today for expert legal advice.
We will advise you free of charge whether you have sufficient grounds to make a traffic accident compensation claim.
We will get to work gathering all the evidence we need to make your claim. We will also consult leading independent medical experts to ensure you have a strong case which takes into account your pain and suffering, and any costs you have incurred as a result of your road traffic accident, as well as any future expenses.
How much compensation can I get for a road traffic accident?
There is no set amount for the level of compensation you are entitled to after a road traffic accident. The value of your claim is calculated based on several factors. These include:
- General damages – the seriousness of your injuries, how much pain and suffering you are experiencing and your loss of amenity (the impact on your quality of life).
- Special damages – the financial impact including loss of earnings, medication and treatment costs, rehabilitation and care costs, travel expenses to appointments, house and vehicle adaptations, any specialist equipment you may need.
Click here to find out more about how compensation is calculated or contact our expert team for a free chat about your road traffic accident claim.
Time limits for road accident claims
The standard time limit for making a road accident claim is three years from the date of the accident.
However, there are some important exceptions that may apply. For example, if you are making a claim on behalf of a child, you have until they are 18 years old. When your child is 18, they can make a claim themselves until the age of 21.
Another exception is if you are making a claim on behalf of a loved one who lacks mental capacity. In these cases, there is no time limit for making a road accident claim.
To find out about other exceptions to the three-year time limit (known as the ‘limitation period’), read our blog article.
Settling your road traffic accident claim out of court
Most road traffic accident claims are settled out of court, so there is no need to worry about the prospect of going to court and attending a trial. This means you will receive your compensation quicker. Even if a trial date is set, there is a strong chance your case will settle before the court date.
Taking your road traffic accident claim to court
If an agreement cannot be reached (for example, the defendant is denying the claim, or disputing the compensation value) it might be necessary to involve the court. This sometimes happens but it does not necessarily mean this will happen and your claim may settle before the court hearing date. However, if your claim does go to court, our specialist solicitors will guide and help you through the entire process from start to finish.
Frequently Asked Questions about road accident claims
Can I still make a claim if I am to blame for the accident?
It is advisable to get in touch with us even if you think you were to blame for the accident. It may be the case that you were partly to blame, but you may still be able to make a road traffic accident compensation claim if someone else was also at fault. Our specialist road traffic accident team will talk to you about exactly what happened to you and will be able to advise you on whether you have a claim.
My road traffic accident was caused by an uninsured driver, can I still claim compensation?
Yes. If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was caused by an uninsured driver, you can still make a claim for compensation. In these cases, our team of specialist road traffic accident solicitors will submit the claim to the Motor Insurance Bureau which operates a scheme to provide compensation to the victims of uninsured drivers.
Do I have to use the solicitor my motor insurance provider recommends?
No. You are not obliged to use the solicitor recommended by your insurance company. You are free to choose your own solicitor. It is better to do your own research and use a law firm that specialises in securing maximum compensation for people seriously injured in road traffic accidents.
How long will my road traffic accident claim take?
No two road traffic accidents are the same and every claim is different, so it is difficult to put a time frame on how long it will take to settle your claim.
Your specialist personal injury solicitor may be able to give you an estimate, but it can depend on many factors. For example: the seriousness of your injuries and whether the other party accepts liability for the accident.
My loved one died in a road accident can I make a claim on their behalf?
Yes, if your loved one died and someone else was to blame, you may be able to make a claim on behalf of their estate. Find out more about fatal injury claims.
Do you have a question we have not answered?
If you have a question that is not listed above, please visit our FAQs page. Alternatively, please get in touch and we will be happy to answer your query.
Book your free initial consultation with our personal injury solicitors
Our serious personal injury team has helped thousands of people involved in road traffic accidents to secure maximum compensation and get their lives back on track. We have specialist solicitors in Bristol, Cardiff, the Isle of Wight, Plymouth, Salisbury, Southampton and Swindon on stand by to give you expert legal advice.