Car crashes and road traffic accidents are seen on a daily basis in the UK. Each day, thousands of car accidents are reported. Thankfully, the majority of these cases result in minor injuries to the drivers, but other instances include serious injuries, physical disabilities, and sometimes result in death, too.
If you have also been involved in a car accident that resulted in several injuries, our experienced car accident solicitors are ready to help you claim the monetary compensation you deserve. We deal with all kinds of cases, which include different types of injuries, from whiplash and neck pain to serious conditions like head injuries and spinal cord issues.
Keep reading to know what steps you should follow in the event of a car accident.
Claiming Compensation For Road Accidents
If you’re involved in a road accident, which wasn’t your fault, and you want to make a car accident claim, get in touch with Hamilton Douglas Legal to get free of cost consultation about everything that you’ll need to do for a car accident claim. Know that a lot of insurers and motor companies will respond to your claim immediately and try to settle it directly with you. In such cases, they mostly pay you off an amount that is less than what you actually deserve and most people go home happy since they are unaware of these matters. It’s important to seek legal advice as soon as you encounter any such mishap so that you know how much monetary compensation you’re entitled to.
Moreover, your insurer will most probably direct you to a law firm or other companies like garage repair workshops. However, you should know that you’re entitled to decide whoever you want to represent you and work for your case.
The Time Limit In A Car Accident
According to British law, you have a maximum of three years to claim for car accidents and this period starts from the day of the mishap. However, there are some cases where this time limit can be changed or extended. For instance:
- Mental Issues – If a car accident resulted in the death of a person, it’s most likely that their loved ones will not be in the right mental state to deal with the matters of law. Naturally, they will need some time to grieve and then return to their normal routine. In such cases, there is no defined time limit for filing a claim. The time limit will start when they regain their mental capacity.
- For Children – Claims can be made at any time before the child reaches the age of 18. Also, the child can make a claim when they reach the age of 21.
- Car Accidents That Happen Outside Of The UK –Time limits in other countries are different from that of the UK. In most European countries, the time is shorter than the three years the UK government has announced. However, there are several different circumstances of accidents, some of which allow you to claim under the law of the UK.
- Criminal Injuries –The time limit, in this case, is shorter. If the injuries you sustained resulted because of the deliberate actions of someone else, you reserve the right to claim from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The CICA scheme gives a maximum of two years starting from the time of the incident.
Can You Claim For Accidents If It’s Your Fault
In most cases, you’re not entitled to a claim if you were at fault and sustained great losses. However, there are some circumstances where it’s possible to earn claim compensation even when you’re at fault, and of course, you will need a professional experienced solicitor in this case. For instance, when you crashed into another vehicle, but it happened because of a bumpy or broken road, you have the right to claim.
You can also claim if you’re partially responsible for the car crash, or when you sustained injuries only because of not putting on the seatbelt, but know that in such cases, you won’t get a large amount of money.
The Time It Takes For A Car Accident Claim To Settle
There is no objective answer to this, as each case is unique and there are multiple factors at play that determine when your car accident claim can be settled. There are several examples of cases that settled within a few months, while others lasted for years. However, the most prominent factors on which your claim time length depends are:
- The Severity Of Injuries – if you’ve suffered mild injuries, your case will be settled quickly. Whiplash claims are usually settled within months. Whereas serious injuries like damages to the brain and spine usually result in complex cases and they take up longer to resolve.
- If the other vehicle failed to apply brakes at the right time or was driven by a driver who did not have a license and insurance, your case will take longer to settle. However, your compensation money will also be greater in such cases.
How Much Compensation Are You Entitled To In Car Accidents
There is no exact amount set for the compensation for injuries picked up in a car accident. This is because the same injury has different impacts on different people. The compensation money you get mostly depends on the impact the incident has had on you and your life. Get in touch with us to get a complete guide of compensation amounts for mild injuries, as well as severe injuries. Our expert personal injury solicitors will give you free advice about your claim.