Road Traffic Accident Claim

Road Traffic Accidents

Have you been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault? If so, you could hold the negligent party liable for the injuries you have sustained and make a claim to recover the damages you have suffered.

Our experienced barristers provide expert and comprehensive and effective case preparation and presentation for road traffic accident claims.

With our many years of experience, we are able to provide innovative and professional service and build your case on a solid foundation. We provide a personalized approach, carefully guide you through every step of the process and provide a free consultation. We are a friendly practice and we provide a service tailored to your needs. Let us help you to obtain the compensation for your road traffic accident that is rightfully yours.

We can help you to achieve maximum compensation. Everything depends upon how well the case is prepared, what legal advice you have received and how effectively the case is presented. Working with Cambria Chambers gives you the best chance of a successful road traffic accident claim in Cardiff and other areas like Birmingham, London, Liverpool and Manchester.

Compensation for Road Traffic Accident Claims

A road traffic accident can be a life–changing and traumatic experience, not only for the injured, but also for family members and loved ones. Road traffic accident claims are not limited to car accidents. Whether you are a driver of any kind of vehicle, a passenger or a pedestrian you are considered to be a road user and can be entitled to receive compensation depending on the accident and the injuries that occur.

The injuries from a road traffic accident can vary from relatively minor to very serious. Our specialists know how to review your case and give you a legal advice about whether you have a chance of making a successful claim.

Key points to be able to demonstrate and prove for a successful road accident injury claim are.

  • Date, time and location of the accident
  • Details of the accident that preceded the symptoms (i.e. rear–end collision/pulling out from a parked space or side road/changing lanes/roundabout/other)
  • Full insurance details for yourself and for the responsible party (if no insurance see below)
  • That it was reported to the police and any police reports and actions
  • Details of medical consultations, treatment and follow up medical checkups with Doctor’s report for each appointment and treatment
  • Contact details of any eye witnesses
  • Any CCTV camera evidence

Photographs taken at the time of the accident can also help document what happened. If the party responsible for the accident is not insured, it is possible to claim through the Motor Insurance Bureau to pursue compensation.

Whiplash injuries

Whiplash is a term used for a neck related injury caused due to a jerk or sudden movement of the neck or head. If the head jolts suddenly sideways, forwards, or backwards during an accident, the tendons and ligaments in the neck can become damaged or stretched. It is a relatively common result of a road accident.

Some people experience pain or tenderness affecting the arms, shoulder or upper back as well as blurred vision, irritability, difficulty sleeping, ringing in the ears, memory problems, concentration problems and depression. Sometimes it may have rapid onset and sometimes it may occur some time after the accident. According to the National Health Service, the symptoms of a whiplash injury may take anywhere from a few hours to months and even years to heal completely.

Thousands of people in the UK every year suffer from road traffic accidents and sustain a whiplash injury but most are unaware they can make a claim for compensation. Getting compensation really depends upon how well your claim is prepared and managed.

Symptoms, which can begin after a few hours or days, may include:

  • Pain, stiffness and difficulty moving in the neck, spine and shoudlers
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pins and needles
  • Restricted movement of the neck
  • Tiredness
  • Shooting pains or numbness in the hands or arms
  • Tenderness or swellign in the neck muscles
  • Sometimes, due to continuous pain, mental symptoms and personality changes may occur.

The effects of a whiplash injury can last from a few weeks to up to two years. According to the NHS, whiplash symptoms can take six to 12 hours to develop. This means that, immediately after a road traffic accident, you won’t know if you have whiplash or not. Whiplash can last anywhere between a few weeks to over a year for more severe cases. You have up to three years from the date of the accident to make a whiplash compensation claim.

Legal Proceedings for a Whiplash compensation claim

Whiplash can have a major impact on a person’s day to day life. Cambria Chambers specializes in claims for whiplash and securing the maximum possible for your injury. Contact us now for a free consultation and evaluation of your case.

Recently, the UK government has capped whiplash claims because of fraud and the insurance industry is naturally keen also to prevent fraud in this area of compensation so, before starting the claim, be sure to have to hand all available evidence and documentation.

Recently, the UK government has capped whiplash claims because of fraud and the insurance industry is naturally keen also to prevent fraud in this area of compensation so, before starting the claim, be sure to have to hand all available evidence and documentation.

If whiplash happens after a non fault road traffic accident you can claim against the insurance of the driver responsible if they have insurance. If the driver is uninsured, your claim can be made through the Motor Insurance Bureau to obtain compensation. In other instances where whiplash happens following an accident, such as sports injuries, the person who caused it should be claimed against. However the injury is caused, you should claim as soon as possible to allow the maximum time for your claim to be processed. If you have to pay for treatment, for example privately paid for physiotherapy, you should make a claim to cover the costs.

Always report an accident if you want to make a claim for compensation. For your convenience you can make claim online immediately here with our online claim form in the claims calculator or with the simple claim form at the top of the page.

Road Traffic Accidents Abroad

If you have a road traffic accident in another country, the prospect of making a claim may seem daunting. Procedures may differ from those in the UK. No one anticipates being involved in an accident while traveling at home or abroad but the six points listed above for accidents in the UK will be a good start.

If involved in an accident in another European Union (EU) country, you can trace the vehicle owner thanks to an EU directive by which all cars in member countries can be found on the same database, along with the relevant insurers for each. As with accidents occurring in the UK, it is possible to claim through the Motor Insurance Bureau to pursue compensation.

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