If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Have you found yourself in one of these situations ?
- A vehicle that you were driving has been involved in an accident that was not your fault.
- You are the rider or passenger of a motorcycle involved in an accident that was not your fault.
- You were a passenger in a vehicle and injured in an accident caused either by the driver or by the driver of another vehicle.
- You were injured by a vehicle but were not in it (eg a pedestrian)
Should you leave it to your insurer or seek independent legal advice ?
In any of the above situations, most people would leave it to the insurance companies to resolve payment for damage to vehicles and compensation for injuries to the driver or passengers.
However, did you know that accident victims who turn down an insurer’s initial offer and seek legal advice get on average 2 – 3 times more ? (The Law Society 2013).
If the defendant is a friend
If the driver who is at fault is known to you, perhaps a relative or friend, and you feel uncomfortable about pursuing a compensation claim, please remember that all legal action will be handled by their insurance company and not by them personally. We will be happy to advise you in these circumstances.
If you have been injured by a “hit and run” driver or the driver is uninsured, you may still be able to claim compensation. Please contact us for advice.
Do you use a hands-free mobile telephone ?
Please click here for an important article by the BBC on the use of hands-free mobile telephones in cars.
Reduction in damages for contributory negligence
Please click here for important information concerning contributory negligence.
Apportioning liability for a collision
Please click here for an article on apportioning blame.
What Thomas Dunton can do for you
At Thomas Dunton we have a specialist team headed by Robert Sardo who, with over 20 years’ experience, has Senior Litigator Approved Status with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is an Approved Member of the Law Society’s Specialist Personal Injury Panel.