Step-by-step guide to making a road traffic accident claim
If you have been injured in a road accident that wasn’t your fault and would like to get compensation but you’re not sure how to, Thompsons Solicitors can help you to make a claim for damages.
Our specialist lawyers can provide road traffic accident claims advice and secure compensation for your injuries. Follow our simple step-by-step guide below to making a road traffic accident claim, which covers everything from what to do in the event of an accident, to seeking legal advice and getting the compensation you deserve.
1.) Make sure everyone is safe
The first thing you should do in a road traffic accident is to make sure that everyone involved is safe. Check for any injuries to yourself or passengers, and seek medical attention and treatment immediately if anyone is hurt. You should also get medically examined if you wish to make a claim for your accident.
2.) Report the accident
You should report the accident to the police within 24 hours of it happening. This will also count as evidence to support your claim.
3.) Get the evidence
To be able to make a road traffic accident claim, you’ll need as much evidence as possible to prove someone else was to blame for your injuries. Collect names, addresses and phone numbers of those involved or witnessed the accident. You shouldn’t apologise or admit responsibility until you are aware of what’s happened as this could affect proving who’s at fault.
You should keep a record of any expenses you have from the accident, such as prescription charges, costs of travel to and from your doctor’s surgery or hospital, and wage losses.
4.) Contact Thompsons Solicitors
If you’re planning to make a road accident claim, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. In the UK, you have three years within the date of your accident to make a claim for compensation. While there are some exceptions to the time limit, it’s always best to get legal advice as soon as you can. At Thompsons, we have a team of road traffic accident lawyers who specialise in these types of claims and can help you through the process. Get in touch with us on 0800 0 224 224 for road traffic accident claims advice today.
5.) Claim for a road traffic accident
Once you have contacted us, our lawyers will review your case and let you know if you are eligible to make a claim. We’ll work with you to gather the evidence to support your claim and make sure you get the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries. You can start your claim today by completing our online claim form.
6.) Get compensation
Our lawyers will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve in the shortest time possible. The amount of compensation you can expect to receive depends on the individual case. We’ll consider the severity of your injuries, the losses and expenses occurred, and any care and assistance you require following your accident. While we don’t have a road traffic accident claim calculator, our lawyers will tell you as soon as possible how much you are likely to get from your accident claim. This would be made up with compensation for pain and suffering (known as general damages), as well as financial losses (known as special damages). In more serious circumstances, there may be ongoing losses, and these can be claimed for as well (these are known as future losses).
If you would like more information on the claiming process, read our full guide to making a road accident claim. Our #StayRoadSafe campaign page also includes top tips for claiming for road traffic injuries and how to avoid an accident.