Road Traffic Accident Compensation Claims
Regardless of whether you were a pedestrian, cyclist, driver or passenger in a car or on a motorcycle, if you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for road accident compensation.
If your injuries are severe or life changing, you may need to pursue road traffic accident compensation through a specialist solicitor. This is in order to fund future care costs and cover any lost earnings incurred as a result of your accident.
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Why choose Barcan+Kirby for your road accident compensation claim?
Our personal injury solicitors act for clients all over the UK, from our offices in Bedminster, Bishopston, Kingswood, Queen Square and Thornbury, covering a wide range of personal injury compensation claims.
Our lawyers are Business Members of the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and are listed in their guide to choosing a specialist Personal Injury Solicitor. Our team is also included in the Headway Head Injury Solicitors Directory.
How do I start a claim for a road accident?
Most of our clients come to us having never dealt with a lawyer before, let alone started a personal injury claim. When you first get in touch with us, our road accident solicitors will offer you a no-obligation initial consultation. This gives you the opportunity to explain what has happened and discuss the claims process in more detail.
Our solicitors will also discuss how you can fund your accident claim with a no win, no fee deal.
Arrange a no win, no fee consultation
Our no win, no fee arrangement allows you to start a claim without having to pay anything towards our fees upfront. You will only have to pay legal fees if we win compensation for you. You may still be liable for some expenses if you do not win, however.
Types of road traffic accident claim
Our personal injury solicitors advise on a range of accident-related claims. These include:
Can I make a claim against an uninsured driver?
Yes, you can still make a claim if you’ve been injured by an uninsured driver, however, your claim is likely to involve the Motors Insurance Bureau (MIB) in addition to the uninsured driver.
Our road traffic accident solicitors have successfully represented clients in this situation and can talk to you about your options.
Can I claim for whiplash?
Yes, you can claim for a whiplash injury. However, there are different rules for whiplash claims compared to other personal injury claims.
The whiplash reforms, which were implemented on 31st May 2021, changed the rules for making a small personal injury claim following a road traffic accident.
The reforms increased the small claims track limit from £1,500 to £5,000 for RTA claims. Compensation for whiplash injuries is now fixed and banded by levels of severity.
The whiplash reforms do not affect cyclists, motorcyclists, children or pedestrians injured in road accidents.
Access to support and rehabilitation after an accident
It’s important to us that your recovery and future quality of life are assured. Depending on the seriousness of your injury, we can involve a specialist from the start of your claim. Our specialist road accident solicitors ensure you get the support, treatment and rehabilitation you need to make the fullest possible recovery.
If you need help dealing with the consequences of your injury, we can also refer to you to external organisations.
Tragically, some road traffic collisions are fatal. If you’ve lost a loved one in an accident, you will need advice from a solicitor who specialises in fatal injury claims to establish what compensation is recoverable.
Time limits for claiming after an accident on the road
As with the majority of personal injury claims, you must have been injured within the last three years. The accident must also have been all or partly someone else’s fault, e.g. another driver.
If you were aged 18 or over when the accident happened, you have three years from the date of the incident to make a claim.
If you were younger than 18 years of age at the time and no claim was made, you’ve will have three years from your 18th birthday (up until your 21st birthday) to start a claim.
There are circumstances where the time limit is longer. For example, if you suffered a serious head or brain injury.
Contact our road traffic accident solicitors in Bristol
We offer a no win, no fee consultation with a member of our specialist personal injury team to talk through your options and how best to fund your claim.