Road traffic accidents

Whether you’re the driver, passenger, or pedestrian in the matter, if you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident and it wasn’t your fault, then you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.

Unfortunately, a large proportion of the cases Claims Today Solicitors deal with involve accidents that have taken place on the roads. With increasing congestion, the number of injuries sustained by both pedestrians and drivers in road traffic accidents remains high.

You may have been injured whilst driving a car or motorbike, as a passenger in a car or on a bus or as a pedestrian or cyclist. At Claims Today Solicitors, we help many clients who have experienced accidents caused by other road users, road defects or negligence. If you have been in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Who pays for the claim?

In most road traffic accident cases, the offending party will have insurance to cover them against your claim.

No win no fee

Personal injury compensation claims, clinical negligence claims, and serious injury claims made with Claim Today Solicitors are offered with “no win no fee”. Meaning that if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay a penny.

The main benefits of No Win No Fee are that there is no money to pay up front, and only to be paid as a percentage of your total compensation amount at the end of a winning case. Meaning you need not worry about money in order to make a claim, and to benefit from legal advice as soon as possible.

Uninsured Drivers’ Claims

Unfortunately, due to limited financial means, a growing number of people now drive without any insurance. In such a case, pursuing a direct civil claim against the uninsured driver would be pointless, as they don’t have the means to pay a settlement. But this does not invalidate your claim. The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) has been instated to address the situation faced by innocent victims who would otherwise have no way to recover compensation from impecunious, uninsured drivers.

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident as a result of an uninsured driver’s negligence, Claim Today Solicitors can pursue the claim on your behalf through the MIB to ensure you receive maximum compensation.

Hit and Run and Untraced Drivers Claims

Although Section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 requires a driver to stop when involved in an accident resulting in an injury or damage to a vehicle, some drivers fail to stop after involvement in an accident, leaving the scene before they can be traced. Others give false details, especially if they are driving a stolen vehicle.

Under Section 170, drivers must give details of their name, address and vehicle registration number if requested on reasonable grounds, or otherwise report the accident to the police. Failure to do so is an offence, and presents an obvious predicament to victims of such an accident. It is not possible for those who have suffered injury, loss or damage as a result of a hit and run or untraced driver to pursue a civil claim against the driver as there is no identifiable defendant.

Fortunately, the Untraced Drivers Agreement makes it possible to apply for compensation from the MIB.

Important things to take into account when pursuing this kind of claim:

  • It is essential to report any hit and run or untraced driver accident to the police within 24 hours of the accident taking place. Failure to do so can lead to difficulties when making a claim through the MIB.
  • Unfortunately, full legal fees are not recoverable for untraced cases. In these cases we may agree to enter into a contingency agreement with you, whereby if your claim is successful then an arranged percentage would be deducted from your damages to cover legal fees and disbursements. If unsuccessful, you would not be charged for work done by us.

How to start your claim

To start your claim with Claim Today Solicitors, either call 08000 93 93 92, or start your claim by clicking here and filling out our form, where we will call you back to talk to you in more detail about your claim.

When detailing your claim, it is important that you note down the details of your accident, including:

  • the time and date of the accident;
  • the location of the accident;
  • the cause of the accident;
  • details of any witnesses;
  • name, address and contact number of the party at fault
  • photographs of the location and of the injury sustained in the accident.

You will also need to have reported the accident to the police and have taken note of the Police Reference Number. You should seek medical attention and advice from a doctor or hospital. Photographs of the damage to the vehicle (if applicable) and your injuries are useful in securing your case.

After establishing that you have a claim that we can take forward, our expert solicitors at Claim Today will handle all of your tricky paperwork and advise you throughout the claim process.

Claim Today, Plan for Tomorrow

Claim Today Solicitors is a personal injury firm that specialises in medical negligence and serious injury claims, and is nationally accredited for both client service and legal delivery in the field of personal injury.

However, our care looks beyond that of your claim. Our commitment to you can be seen through our tagline Claim Today, Plan for Tomorrow. Our expert team of personal injury solicitors look at ensuring that you are able to continue your life as able and as care-free as possible.

We will assess the impact of your medical care alongside your rehabilitation, equipment and house adjustments, and your long-term daily care needs to ensure that you receive full support with your claim. This includes provisions such as benefits, psychological and physical therapy, future care, mobility and living modifications, family support, and ongoing medical treatment.

In some cases, we are also able to offer claim advances up front in order to make necessary adjustments and medical support to ensure that you get the best support at a time that you need it most. Meaning that you can start planning for tomorrow, while you claim today.

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