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What is a road traffic accident?

A road traffic accident is considered any form of collision or damaging road incident you may have experienced as a driver, passenger, or even a pedestrian which wasn’t your fault. You can experience a road traffic accident in a wide range of vehicles, such as cars, vans, motorbikes, public transport vehicles, as well as on a bike or simply as a pedestrian. If you’ve suffered some form of injury due to a road traffic accident, such as whiplash or something even more serious which impacts your life, then you could be entitled to compensation from the responsible party through a road traffic accident claim.

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Making a Road Traffic Accident Claim

Our team of highly experienced road traffic accident solicitors understand that being involved in an accident can have a devastating and sometimes life-changing impact, not only on you but also on your loved ones.

Each year, we help hundreds of people through ‘no win no fee’ road traffic accident claims, supporting them throughout the process and successfully securing compensation for car accident whiplash type claims and many other types of injuries resulting from road traffic accidents.

No one should have to suffer in silence from an accident on the road caused by someone else. Hudgells is here to provide you with the road traffic accident claims advice you need and win you the compensation you deserve to cover the costs of getting your life back in order.2

How to claim for a road traffic accident

If you want to pursue a road traffic accident compensation claim, then you can arrange a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your accident or you can use our online compensation claims form.

From there, one of our personal injury lawyers will assess the circumstances of your accident and whether you could claim compensation. If we think your case can be taken forward, we can discuss how you want to proceed and potentially offer a ‘no win no fee’ claim agreement to conduct the claim on your behalf.

The personal injury lawyer handling your road traffic accident claim will then need to  gather information and evidence on your behalf, including:

  • 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.
  • Any other specific details that are key to the incident

We’ll take charge and help you through every step, including contacting anyone who may have witnessed the accident. We’ll also liaise with the other party’s insurance company to establish negligence and try to negotiate a settlement.

Do I qualify for a Road Traffic Accident claim?

If you were in an accident on the road which wasn’t your fault and suffered injury as a result, then it’s worth talking to one of our personal injury team to help understand whether you could make a claim. However, there are some factors which can impede you in making a claim for a road traffic accident:

  • If you believe you may have been at fault, then this could prevent you seeking compensation. It’s still worth discussing with a solicitor though, as you may be assessing the situation too harshly and there may be the possibility of negotiating  a ‘split liability’ claim.
  • If you weren’t wearing a seatbelt, then you’re still able to take a claim forward but the general rule is that compensation will be reduced by 25% in these circumstances to reflect ‘contributory negligence’, meaning the severity of your own injuries are viewed as partially your fault.
  • If the other driver didn’t give you their details or drove off after the accident, then it can be harder to track down the other party. However it may still be possible to initiate a claim against the Motor Insurers Bureau which is an organisation which deals with claims by victims of accidents where either the offending driver cannot be traced, or, if identified, turns out to be uninsured.

Just because your claim has some roadblocks doesn’t mean you’re not still entitled to receive compensation. The best way to understand whether you have a valid claim is to talk to us directly, either through arranging a free consultation or filling out our online claims form.

How much compensation is expected for a Road Traffic Accident claim?

The level of compensation depends on the nature and extent of the injury that has been suffered.  This is established by obtaining formal independent medical evidence from a Doctor specifically appointed to examine and report on your injuries.

‘General Damages’ are designed to compensate for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced because of the accident, and how it  may or will impact your future. Typically, the more serious the accident, the more compensation the higher the level of compensation will be.

‘Special damages’ are the financial losses or expenses you’ve incurred because of the accident, and any future costs that may arise because of it. They may include medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and loss of earnings due to time off work.

Reforms Car Accident

The Law has Changed

The way in which personal injury compensation claims for minor injuries resulting from road traffic accidents has changed.

From  31 May, 2021 reforms came into force which will significantly affect the value and conduct of these claims.

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We are specialists in Road Traffic Accidents

Our team of expert road traffic accident lawyers have helped thousands of car accident victims claim compensation for their injuries. Our personal injury lawyers are here to help you understand whether you may be entitled to claim compensation. If we think you have a case, we will work with you to get the justice you deserve, on a ‘no win no fee’ basis for those who could benefit from this arrangement.

  • We're one of England and Wales's leading personal injury firms with a highly experienced team of road traffic accident lawyers
  • The team is comprised of compassionate road traffic accident experts who settle hundreds of RTA claims every year on behalf of their clients
  • Our personal support packages are tailored to each individual and are provided to ensure early rehabilitation is in place as quickly as possible.
  • Your lawyer’s aim will be to ensure you make the best recovery possible and seek the compensation you deserve, no matter what has happened to you

Making a Road Traffic Accident Claim

If you or a member of your family has come to harm as a result of a road traffic accident which was of no fault of your own, or even if you were partially to blame, you may have a right to seek compensation for your injuries. We put your interests first, ensuring the most appropriate and effective legal and medical specialists are handling your claim.


Our Road Traffic Accident Experts

Jane Woodcock Head of Personal Injury Read more
Sarah Kidd Associate, Personal Injury Read more
Samuel McFadyen Associate, Personal Injury Read more
Becci Bilby Legal Executive, Personal Injury Read more
Mobeena Salim Solicitor, Personal Injury Read more
Cameron Lees-Weir Litigation Executive, Personal Injury Read more
Rebecca Cone Litigation Executive, Personal Injury Read more

Frequently Asked Questions

How long after a road traffic accident should I make a claim?
    Time limits do apply to road traffic accident claims, but sometimes they vary. Usually you have three years from the date of the accident to issue court proceedings in relation to your claim. However most claims do not result in court proceedings and are settled well before the three year point is reached and it is in fact very much in your interests to pursue a claim sooner rather than later. This is why speaking to one of our road traffic accident team today can make all the difference.
Get in touch now to get your claim started, use our contact form to request a call back, or fill in our claim form. One of our road traffic accident team will be in touch.
What should I do if I’ve been in a road traffic accident?
    If you’ve suffered a road traffic accident, try to:
  • Share all your details and information with the other party – including your name, address, phone number, car registration and insurance details.
  • Take as many photos of the accident location and position of the vehicles as possible – this will provide exact details of any collision, the position in the road and the exact time and date.
  • Make a note of the car’s owner in case they were not the person
  • Photograph other vehicles involved or write down the model colour, registration details and exact damage sustained
  • Try to avoid discussing the accident or key details such as who was in the wrong.
  • Speak to any witnesses if possible and get their contact details.
  • File an accident report to the local police force in case you end up having any future disagreements with the other parties involved.
  • Get in touch with your own insurance company as soon as possible and relay as many details of the incident to them as you can.
  • If the other party refuses to provide insurance details or leaves the scene of the accident call the Police to report the accident immediately or as soon as practicably It may be possible for the Police to consider CCTV in the area to trace the third party vehicle.

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