FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MAKING A CAR ACCIDENT ABROAD CLAIM
We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions about making a claim for a road traffic accident below.
1. What should I do after a car accident abroad?
If you’ve been involved in a foreign car accident, seek any medical attention you may need immediately. Call the police or equivalent authority as soon as the accident happens and ask for a copy of the report. Ask for an interpreter if there is a language barrier. Remember to make notes of what happened, take photographs of the scene if safe to do so, and collect the names and addresses of any witnesses as they could be important to support your claim.
2. How do I make a claim for a car accident abroad?
The first step in making a claim for a road accident abroad is to seek legal advice from a specialist lawyer. Our expert solicitors can review your case and let you have a claim that is likely to succeed.
3. Can I still make a claim if my road accident happened outside the EU?
Yes. If you were involved in a road accident outside the EU that wasn’t your fault, you should still be able to make a claim. While you won’t be protected by EU agreements, you will still be able to make a claim against the insurer of the negligent driver, however, your claim may proceed outside of the UK court.
4. How long do I have to make a road accident abroad claim?
Usually you have three years from the date of your foreign car accident to make a claim for compensation, however, there are exceptions. We recommend seeking legal advice as soon as possible, as the time limit for making a claim abroad may be different.
5. Who can I make a claim against if I’m injured in a car accident abroad?
If you were involved in a road traffic accident while travelling as part of your package holiday, and it wasn’t your fault, you can make a claim against the tour operator. If your road traffic accident was caused by the condition of the roads, the claim will likely be made against the authority responsible for the upkeep of the road. For accidents caused due to another driver’s negligence, you may be able to make a claim against the insurers of the person or people responsible.
6. When will I get compensation for my road accident abroad?
There is no set time period for settling your compensation claim. Generally, the more complicated your case is the longer it can take for the case to conclude.