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Road Traffic Accidents

Truth Legal are specialists in road traffic accident compensation claims

If you have been injured on the roads, and the accident wasn’t your fault, our expert personal injury lawyers may be able to help you claim compensation.

Our experienced team will guide you through every stage of the process, giving you the best chances of recovering compensation for your injuries.

Whiplash injuries and road traffic accidents

Changes to the law in 2021, have unfortunately restricted how Truth Legal can help with some road traffic accident claims.

In general, if you were injured inside a vehicle (i.e. as a driver or passenger) and you have suffered whiplash injuries to your neck, shoulder, or back, your claim must be made through the Official Injury Claim portal – and usually without legal representation.

To find out more about the whiplash claims process, and whether they will affect you, read our Whiplash Reforms 2021 guide.

Road traffic accident claims FAQ

Firstly, it is important to discuss your circumstances with us.

Our personal injury team can assess your case and, if it’s viable and you wish to proceed further, we will then begin a more detailed investigation for you. This will involve gathering information and evidence, getting in touch with the insurance company of the person you hold responsible, and documenting the injuries and financial losses you have suffered.

An important part of this process is addressing your rehabilitation needs. Truth Legal works alongside medical agencies to provide quick access, wherever possible, to treatment such as physiotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Establishing responsibility

Alongside this, our personal injury lawyers will be looking to obtain an admission of fault from those whom you hold responsible. If fault is admitted, it may mean that we can secure early instalments of compensation (called interim payments) to help you financially in the aftermath of the accident. 

Most personal injury claims go through a system called the Claims Portal, run by the Ministry of Justice. Higher value or more complicated claims, might be dealt with outside this procedure by your solicitors sending a Letter of Claim. To find out more about these two pathways, read our article here.

And finally, if you’re worried that your road traffic accident claim might end up in court, don’t be! The overwhelming majority of personal injury claims are resolved and settled before any court hearing is needed.

Insurance companies often have a number of law firms they prefer to work with. However, just because your insurers recommend a law firm does not mean are obliged to instruct them.

Road traffic accidents claims, like any personal injury claim, can last some time – especially when you have suffered severe or complicated injuries. You need to make sure you are comfortable with the solicitors handling your claim, and that you trust in their expertise and integrity.

We firmly believe that claiming with lawyers who are wrong for you is one of the most common mistakes a personal injury claimant can make.

If you’re wondering whether Truth Legal might be right for you, have a read of our article here.

If you were fully responsible for your accident, it is unlikely that you will be able to claim compensation for your injuries.

However, if you are only partially responsible, you may still be able to recover some compensation. The only difference is that the amount of compensation you receive will be reduced to reflect the responsibility you bear for the accident.

For example, if you agreed, or a court decided, that you were 25% liable for the accident, your compensation would be reduced by 25%. But you would still receive compensation.

If you need more information on whether you might be partly responsible for a road traffic accident, we recommend you get in touch with one of our solicitors as soon as possible. 

If you are injured as a passenger of a vehicle, you may be able to make a claim against any driver that was involved in the accident.

If the driver of the vehicle you were travelling in was responsible for the accident, then you can direct the claim towards them – or more accurately, their insurance company.  

You can find out more about passenger road traffic accident claims here.

If you were injured in a car accident when not wearing a seatbelt, you may still be able to claim for compensation.

However, you are required to wear a seatbelt by law, and so it is highly likely that if you were not wearing one at the time of the accident that your compensation will be reduced.

This is a difficult question to answer without consideration of your circumstances.

No two injuries are the same. Even if two people receive largely similar injuries, their recovery times can vary greatly.

Compensation amounts for a personal injury should take into account various things such as:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • How long your injuries last
  • The pain and suffering they cause you
  • How your injuries have affected your normal life

 

And that’s just for your injuries. Your road traffic accident compensation claim can also include many other losses besides. For example:

  • Any lost earnings
  • Costs of treatment or medical care
  • Travel expenses
  • Care and assistance received from professionals or loved ones

 

All of this is why we do not put any compensation calculators on our website. They will not accurately reflect your situation.

Rather than give quick and misleading figures, our expert personal injury lawyers will give you an indication of value as soon as they have the information to do so accurately.

Why instruct Truth Legal?

We offer free initial consultations to assess the strength of your road traffic accident claim and to discuss your options with you in clear, straightforward terms.

We will conduct your claim professionally and compassionately, and never treat you just like another a file number.

Where some law firms might allocate hundreds of cases to each of their file handlers, at Truth Legal your case will be handled by one of our specialist personal injury lawyers, who have the time and skill to progress your claim effectively.

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We can offer:

  • Specialist technical knowledge and experience – so you can rest assured that your case is in the best hands.
  • Practical advice – tailored to your situation.
  • Strong representation – fighting for the compensation and outcome you deserve.
  • Support and compassion – friendly, knowledgeable experts, on your side through a difficult time.

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