Road Traffic Accident Claims
With the amount of traffic on Britain’s roads, one of the inevitable by-products is a rise in accidents. Pedestrians, four wheels, two wheels – we’re all at the mercy of some bad decision making or carelessness on the part of a driver that at its worst, could change our lives forever. With over 30 years’ experience of fighting for justice and gaining road traffic accident (RTA) injury compensation for clients who have suffered a serious injury on our roads, we are widely considered to be one of the market leaders for these types of cases.
What is a road traffic accident claim?
Simply put, a road traffic accident claim is a claim stemming from an accident involving any vehicle on our roads; specifically that sustained a serious injury.
It is often thought that a road traffic accident usually involves two cars colliding, but this is far from the truth, especially in the most serious of cases. Many cases we deal with involve different types of vulnerable road users who have been injured in road traffic accidents.
- Motorbike injury claims
- Cyclist injury claims
- Pedestrian injury claims
- Horse rider injury claims
How can I make a RTA injury claim?
Pursuing a road traffic accident injury claim is firstly about establishing that the accident was not entirely your fault. Chances are that if you have been seriously injured, you may remember little about the accident itself and not have been in a position to take photographs and gather evidence at the time.
In many motorcycle accident claims and car accident claims, the police will have attended the scene right away. Their evidence is often key to establishing the facts surrounding an incident and attributing blame. Our specialist car accident solicitors are well versed in gathering this type of evidence and will contact the police, witnesses and obtain any CCTV evidence – all of which will help paint a picture and allow us to fight to prove that you were not to blame. We can also instruct specialist accident reconstruction experts and obtain professional accident location measurements and photos. Having a reliable and hard working legal team that will do the hard work to get all of this crucial evidence means that you are able to focus more on your recovery.
Once blame is established, it is then about ensuring you are awarded the right compensation for your motorcycle injury or other RTA injury. Any claim will have a financial settlement, that is a given, but in serious road traffic accident cases it is more about ensuring you get the proper care, treatment and living arrangements necessary to allow you to rebuild your life after injury and get back to being the very best you can be.
It is also important to factor in care and treatment that you may need in the future. We have access to some of the leading housing and rehabilitation specialists, as well as medical experts, all of whom can assess your injuries fully and work with you and us to ensure that you are fully compensated to be able to live the fullest life possible.
The first step to claiming road traffic accident compensation
The first step to making an RTA claim is to contact our expert legal team who, along with taking details of your accident, will provide support and advice and discuss any worries you may have following an accident. In over 30 years of dealing with Road Traffic Accidents, our skilled legal team have fought for justice in thousands of cases involving all different types of RTA claims, including:
- Collisions caused by dangerous driving or driving without due care and attention
- Accidents where car drivers have failed to check mirrors
- Accidents where car drivers have failed to indicate
- Accidents caused by road defects, spillages on road and other road surface issues
- Accidents caused by failing to check for filtering motorcycles prior to turning/performing U-turn
- Failing to check for cyclists/motorcyclists before opening the door of a stationary car (‘car dooring’)
- Failing to keep the correct and safe distance while overtaking a two-wheel vehicle/horse
We specialise in claims for vulnerable road users, in particular motorcyclists, dealing with around 1 in 3 motorcycle accident cases in England and Wales.
Is there a time limit to claim RTA injury compensation?
Any road traffic accident claim that you make needs to be within three years of the accident taking place. If the injured person is a child, then they have three years from the date of their 18th birthday. Fatal cases and cases in which the injured person lacks mental capacity (either before or as a result of the accident) can differ and you should contact our serious injury lawyers for advice.
If you have suffered a motorcycle injury or any other RTA injury, we recommend you get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can start your fight for justice and ensure you get the right level of compensation to help you rebuild your life after serious injury. As specialist car accident solicitors, we have spent many years handling successful road traffic accident cases – involving two wheels, four wheels and pedestrians. Our expertise will ensure you get the professional and empathetic service you deserve following a road traffic accident.