Road traffic accidents
In 2019, there were a total of 153,158 casualties of reported road traffic accidents and 25,945 serious injuries reported to the police.
Data published by the Department of Transport in 2019, revealed that some 26,610 drivers and road users were seriously injured – or killed – in a road traffic accident here in the UK, as recently as 2018.
Meanwhile, research conducted as part of a broader national travel survey a year earlier, in 2017, found that approximately 165,100 people suffered some level of injury on Britain’s roads.
Figure-wise, this amounted to 10% of adult users said to have been adversely affected by an accident, while a third of these people suffered from injuries consistent with being involved in a road traffic accident
Based on the type of road traffic accident you were involved in; you can make a claim for personal injury.
A variety of RTA claims exist, to help protect passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and other motorists and road users, in the event their health and safety are impacted by an accident.
Many RTA claims are caused by human error. This could include:
- Failing to look properly
- Failing to signal
- Misjudging others on the road
- Lack of control
- Reckless driving
Other factors causing road traffic accidents may be down to the quality of the road or the weather conditions. Collecting evidence at the scene of an accident could help your case, photographs of the vehicle and scene as well as any injuries could help your solicitor when making a claim.
Making note of the other vehicle involved, insurance and contact details, including details of any witnesses. Its also important to keep any expenditure receipts from costs directly caused by the accident.
Can I claim if I was partly to blame?
Yes, contributory negligence is referred to when the blame can be split between both parties. The compensation will be deducted accordingly.
How much compensation will I get?
This is dependant on many variables of the case. This can include the seriousness of the accident and any injuries suffered, as well as loss of earnings, cost of treatment and the overall impact to your life.
How do I make a whiplash claim?
Following the government whiplash reforms, the way you can make a road traffic accident claim will change dramatically in May 2021. However, you can still instruct DIYPI to run your RTA claim no matter the claim, check out our blog to find out more.