One of the things that sets Thompsons Solicitors apart from other law firms is our commitment to always stand up for the injured or mistreated. We refuse to act for insurance companies - our focus is on supporting injured people including those injured in road traffic accidents.

We understand how traumatic a car accident can be for victims and their loved ones, and our experts are here to give the support and advice needed to make a claim for compensation as straight-forward as possible.

We have a proven track record of securing significant levels of personal injury compensation on behalf of injured drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, using expert medical evidence to prove the immediate and long-term consequences of any injuries sustained. We make sure that those at fault pay for all of the consequences of the accident.

Whether you were involved in a road accident and hurt as a driver or passenger in a car, on a bus or coach, or were injured as a pedestrian or cyclist, Thompsons Solicitors’ specialist road traffic accident solicitors can help.


Our road traffic accident experts are committed to supporting pedestrians, motorists and cyclists who have been injured on the roads.

Injuries from a road traffic accident can vary, and whether you have suffered bruising, whiplash or a more serious injury, we can help you to secure the maximum compensation in the shortest possible time.

Injuries sustained in a road traffic accident can have life-changing consequences for both victims and their families. You or a loved one may need rehabilitation. Thompsons Solicitors’ close links with support groups, such as Headway and the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), means we can make sure you get expert care to quickly aid your recovery.

To find out whether you have a valid claim for compensation after a road crash talk to Thompsons Solicitors’ road traffic accident specialists.


1. What is a road traffic accident?

A road traffic accident is a collision on a road or in a public area involving a vehicle and another vehicle, person, animal or object that causes damage, injury or even death.

2. What are the most common causes of road traffic accidents?

Common causes of road traffic accidents include:

• Distracted drivers
• Speeding
• Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
• Tiredness

3. Who can claim compensation for a road traffic accident?

There are many different types of road traffic accidents you can claim for. Among the most common scenarios are:

• A driver or motorcyclist injured in an accident that wasn’t their fault
• A passenger travelling in a vehicle – car, bus, coach or motorcycle – that becomes involved in a road traffic accident.
• A pedestrian, cyclist or horse rider hit by a car or other vehicle

4. Can I make a compensation claim if the responsible party drives off or is uninsured?

If you are injured by a driver who leaves the scene without sharing their insurance details, or who does not have insurance, Thompsons Solicitors can still help you make a claim. A claim can be made to the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) if you have been affected by an untraced or uninsured driver and we can make the application for you. There are tight time limits to make an application so get in touch with our road traffic specialists as soon as possible.

5. How long have I got to make a road traffic compensation claim?

You have to make a claim for a road traffic accident within three years in the UK. The sooner you seek legal advice from road traffic accident lawyers, the quicker and easier it is for them to prepare your claim and apply for any interim payments (an immediate payment for an immediate need) you may be entitled to. There are very few exceptions to the three year limit, so contact Thompsons Solicitors without delay.

6. How long does a road traffic compensation claim process take?

Every road accident compensation claim is different; some can be settled quickly while others take longer to conclude. Our priority is to quickly establish the facts of your case and work to secure the best medical evidence that will support your compensation claim and secure the maximum amount of compensation as quickly as possible.

7. Will I need a medical examination if I make a compensation claim?

Yes. Thompsons Solicitors will arrange for an independent medical expert to assess the extent of your injuries. The report they produce is used as evidence in your claim and to calculate the compensation you may be due. There will be no cost to you for the report and the medical examination will be arranged at a time and location convenient for you.

8. How much compensation will I get?

Compensation for a road traffic accident can vary dramatically, depending on the extent of the injury and the impact it has on your daily life – both physically and mentally. For example whiplash and other soft tissue injury claims typically come with lower amounts of compensation compared to broken bones or more serious internal injuries. We claim for all losses and expenses and will give you an indication of what you could receive as soon as possible.

9. If I make a compensation claim will I have to go to court?

We will do all we can to settle your road accident compensation claim out of court. Our road traffic accident specialists may recommend starting court proceedings in order to ensure you receive the maximum compensation. In the rare event your case goes to court, you will be professionally represented and supported throughout.

10. How much will making a compensation claim cost me?

Trade union members and their families receive free legal advice and representation from Thompsons Solicitors in road traffic accident claims. Trade union members benefit from free legal support and advice from Thompsons Solicitors’ specialist lawyers, and will receive 100% of the compensation we secure.

If you are not a trade union member, our experts are happy to talk you through a number of funding options, such as a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement. See our fees and payments page for more details.

11. How do I make a claim for a road traffic accident?

If you would like to claim compensation after suffering a personal injury on the roads, you can either call our friendly team on 0800 0 224 224, or you can fill out our quick and simple online claim form and our legal team will get in touch to discuss your case within 24 hours.