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5 questions to ask your road traffic accident solicitor

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If you are injured in a road traffic accident, it’s important that you take down the right details and find a personal injury solicitor to take on your case. Here we explore what a victim of a road traffic accident should do, and the important questions to ask to find the right solicitor.

What to do if you have a road accident?

Being involved in a road traffic accident is a sudden and often frightening experience. It can be difficult to gather your thoughts, but taking down as many details as possible is crucial. This information will be invaluable if you make a personal injury claim:

  • The registration number of the vehicles involved
  • The model, colour and year of the vehicles involved
  • The amount of immediate damage
  • The road name and exact location of your accident
  • Date and time of the accident
  • The weather conditions at the time of the accident

Once you have taken these notes you should:

  • Share your details with the other driver
  • Take contact details of any witnesses
  • Take photographs of the accident scene
  • Report the accident to the police
  • Inform your insurance company of the accident

Making a road traffic accident claim

If you have been injured through your road accident, you may consider making a personal injury claim.

Questions to ask your road traffic accident solicitor

To make sure you choose the right specialist for your personal injury claim, here are five initial questions to ask your solicitor:

1. Do you have experience in road traffic accident cases?

It may be that your car insurance company recommends a firm, but it is your prerogative to choose your own solicitor. Look for a solicitor’s practice with experience in road traffic accident cases. Personal injury solicitors will usually have a specialism that they have extensive experience in, so look for somebody who has dealt with road traffic accident cases in the past.

2. What details will you need from me?

A well-practised solicitor will know that a road traffic accident requires a number of intricate details. They should recommend that you collate as many of the details of your accident as possible, as listed under ‘what should I do if I have a road accident?’

At this point it’s also crucial that you mention any specific details. Perhaps you weren’t wearing a seatbelt at the time, or you feel you may have been partly to blame for the accident. It may also be that the car you collided with is not insured. Though you may be worried about the outcome of disclosing this information, it’s crucial that you and your solicitor discuss this early on. You can still make a personal injury claim, though it’s important you are honest and accurate so your solicitor can offer informed initial advice.

 3. Will my case be taken on a ‘no win no fee’ basis – without any extra costs?

If you have chosen a ‘no win no fee’ solicitor, the answer should be “yes”. Your solicitor should assure you that the firm he or she works for offers a genuine no-win no-fee service and that you don’t pay a penny if you lose your case.

Some solicitors might charge fees for medical reports related to your accident. These come from independent medical experts, so the cost may vary. The earlier you clarify any potential charges, the less of a surprise this will be during your case.

 4. How long will my case take and how much compensation could I get?

Without knowing your case, no solicitor should promise a sum or give a solid timescale. Though it can be frustrating, a solicitor should never give vague promises based on a brief summary of your accident. Instead, they may offer case studies from their experience, or highlight the variables that might affect the outcome of your case. After a road traffic accident, the following will be taken into account when accumulating your pay-out:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • Any loss of earnings
  • How your injuries affect your life, including your ability to work or enjoy your hobbies

A solicitor will only be able to give you an idea of your potential compensation settlement once they understand the details of your case.

5. What percentage of my compensation will you charge, if successful?

Your conditional fee arrangement, which is the written arrangement between you and your solicitor, will explain the percentage that will be deducted from a successful claim. This is capped at 25% of your compensation, and should not deter from the amount that is agreed upon. Some solicitor’s fees differ, so it is best to ask about this straight away.

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10/08/2018 No Comments

Hudgell Solicitors backs Brake campaign for ban on hands-free calls when driving

Lady driving while on her mobile phone


Hudgell Solicitors is supporting the campaign by national road safety charity Brake to introduce new laws banning the use of hands-free phone systems in vehicles, as statistics have shown talking at the wheel makes drivers four times more likely to cause injury.

Despite using a hand-held phone while driving being made illegal in 2003, thousands of drivers still blatantly flout the law, putting themselves and others at great risk.

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28/09/2015 No Comments

Mobile phone addiction is a real danger as a fifth of young people use them when crossing roads

crossing the phone with mobile


Is your addiction to checking your mobile phone putting you in physical danger?

You may not immediately think so as you go about your daily life, but as personal injury lawyers with decades of experience, handling hundreds of road traffic accident cases each year, we can see an increasing danger of distraction in society.

New research from a survey by Deloitte has today shown that some people admit checking their phones hundreds of times a day (the average being 27).

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08/09/2015 1 Comment

All drivers have a massive part to play in making the school run safer for all

Patrol highway sign


6280605595_3a642634de_bWhilst millions of parents across the country will no doubt be celebrating the return to school for their children after a long summer break this week, few, if any, will have been looking forward to the daily chore of the school run.

The picture is pretty much the same across the country.

Roads around schools are heavily congested, with one in five cars on the roads at 8.50am said to be involved in the school run.

It is therefore no surprise that in 2013, Road Safety Analysis found that in the previous six years, around 6,500 children had been involved in traffic accidents within a 500-metre radius of nearly 30,000 schools.

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01/09/2015 No Comments

Importance of ensuring roads remain clear to avoid accidents

By Andy Petherbridge, Associate of Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, Hudgell Solicitors  

Mud roadKeeping the roads in good condition and making sure there is nothing to obstruct motorists is absolutely vital to ensure the safety of other road users.

Often, we assume the council is responsible for debris, such as mud, left on the carriageways or country roads.

But sometimes, this is not the case and others, such as local farmers, are responsible.

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21/08/2015 No Comments

APIL right to call tailgating ‘as socially unacceptable as driving without a belt’

tailgatingBy Becci Snow, Chartered Legal Executive at Hudgell Solicitors

This Wednesday, August 19, marks Injury Prevention Day, a day when the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is urging us all to think about what we can do to help prevent needless injuries and accidents across the UK.

This year, APIL has quite rightly been placing a major focus on the dangers of tailgating – driving too closely to the car in front – in its work.

It is an offence it has labelled ‘as socially unacceptable as driving without a seatbelt’, and as specialists in handling thousands of car accident injury claims each year, we at Hudgell Solicitors agree entirely.

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18/08/2015 No Comments

Fall in whiplash cases suggests insurers are wrongly blaming premium rises on ‘claims culture’

RTA-car-claimsBy Becci Snow, Chartered Legal Executive at Hudgell Solicitors

Today’s newspapers have brought yet another warning from a major motor insurance company that premiums are set to rise again – with whiplash claims again being highlighted as a reason for drivers being hit in the pocket.

According to a report in the national Daily Mail, one of the UK’s biggest insurance companies, Esure, which owns Sheilas’ Wheels and has more than 1.4million UK motor insurance policies, has warned it will raise premiums in the coming months after seeing a surge in personal injury claims.

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11/08/2015 No Comments

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