Traffic accidents are, unfortunately, some of the most common, and can have devastating long-term effects that go far beyond the initial ones. As well as the potential medical bills and subsequent loss of earnings, traffic accidents frequently leave the victim suffering mentally as well as physically. People seek traffic accident compensation claims in response to the latter problems, in hopes that the settlement they receive will go some way towards supporting them during their recovery. A traffic accident compensation claim settlement can help cover:
- Private treatment
- Travel to and from appointments
- Counselling sessions
- Day to day living costs
- Wages lost as a result of the accident
- The purchase and installation of any special equipment
Additionally, accidents don’t just affect just those directly involved in the incident itself. Family members must also undergo the stress of seeing someone they care about suffer, with the necessity for care putting a strain on the finances of the family as a whole as well as just the victim. A settlement helps ensure that the correct care and support can be given to the victim without them or their family members having to work their way into debt.
When a road traffic accident occurs, it is almost always due to negligence on the part of somebody directly involved (and indeed sometimes even multiple people). As such, it makes perfect sense that you’d want to try and get some form of compensation for something that happened to you through no fault of your own. However, in the case of traffic accidents, you can sometimes even make a claim if you were partially responsible for your accident. If you weren’t wearing a seatbelt but suffered an accident as a result of someone else’s lack of care and attention, for example, you may still be able to pursue a claim (although your settlement may be less on account of you having broken the law regarding seatbelt use).
However, there are many different kinds of traffic accident, with not all of them necessarily involving the injury of those driving the vehicles involved.
Car accident claims
Cars, being the most commonly used typed of vehicle used on UK roads, are frequently involved in accidents and, while these can vary vastly in severity, there is almost always somebody to be held accountable. All it takes is a momentary lapse of concentration for one car to collide with another, a cyclist or even a pedestrian, and the consequences can be catastrophic. Car accident compensation claims can be taken up for a number of reasons, including:
- You or your passengers have been injured or are suffering discomfort caused by such conditions as whiplash, cuts, bruises or muscle or tendon damage
- Your car or other personal property has been damaged
- You’ve had to pay for car hire while your car is being repaired or replaced
- Travel costs or loss of earnings if you rely on your car in order to get you to work
Motorcycle accident claims
Motorcyclists are far more at risk than those road users in car, vans and similar vehicles; a bike chassis doesn’t offer much protection in the case of a collision, after all. Serious motorcycle accidents can easily leave riders hospitalised or worse, while pillion passengers are similarly vulnerable to such life-altering injuries. Examples of injuries frequently suffered by motorcyclists and their passengers include:
- Broken limbs
- Spinal damage
As such, if you suffer a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, it’s hardly surprising that you’d want to seek compensation.
Bicycle accident claims
People on bicycles are arguably even more exposed than those on motorcycles, generally wearing far less protective equipment and, partially due to the lack of engine noise, often not noticed by other road users until it is too late. However, a lack of awareness while on the road is inexcusable; for cyclists in particular, this can easily be a matter of life and death. Bicycle accidents, particularly those that directly involve vehicles, can be devastating, easily resulting in long-term hospital care.
Pedestrian accidents claims
As previously mentioned, traffic accidents don’t just affect the drivers of vehicles. Indeed, pedestrians are particularly at risk due to their vulnerability and unpredictability when compared with other, vehicle-based road users. Although pedestrians should take the appropriate level of care when near or crossing roads, sometimes they are unfortunate enough to encounter someone driving unsafely, and accidents can happen as a result.
How do I go about taking out a traffic accident compensation claim?
If you’ve been a victim of one of the above kinds of accident and think you might be entitled to some form of compensation, don’t worry: starting the claiming process couldn’t be easier or simpler.
Simply call us or submit your details for a free, no obligation injury claim assessment. Be sure to have as much information as possible about the accident to hand, and remember that, as in the case of any claim, it’s best to pursue the matter sooner rather than later. If they decide that you have reason to take the claim further, our experienced advisors will go through the process with you step by step to ensure that you get the justice you deserve.