Injuries caused during road traffic accidents are one of the most common types of personal injury, and if you have been involved in an accident, whether as a driver or passenger, on a motorbike or in a car, then you may have the right to claim compensation from the party that was responsible for causing the accident. Suffering an injury during a car accident could leave you unable to work, requiring ongoing medical attention and, in extreme cases, requiring modifications to your home and ongoing care.
In order to successfully claim compensation, you need to be able to show that you were involved in an accident, that the accident wasn’t your fault, and that you suffered a loss as a direct result of that accident. Your qualified and experienced personal injury solicitor will build a case, not only showing these factors but also determining how much compensation you should receive, and they will submit the claim through the courts on your behalf.
Proving fault can be one of the most difficult aspects of a road traffic accident personal injury claim. Ultimately, the aim is to ensure that the courts attribute blame to the third party that you believe responsible. In reality, they may attribute a portion of the blame, rather than the whole blame. This means that if they determine that you have suffered £20,000 of loss and that the other party was 50% responsible, then you should receive £10,000 of compensation from that party.
Skilled personal injury solicitors will calculate the amount of money that you have already lost, but they will also take into account any future losses and expenses that arise as a result of the accident and injury. For example, you may not be able to return to work for several months, so your solicitor should determine how much work you will miss and how much salary you will lose as a result. They should also consider loss to your personal belongings, costs such as medical expenses, and also compensation for the physical and emotional suffering that the injury caused.
Road traffic accidents can take many forms. If you were the driver of a car involved in an accident caused by another driver, you should be able to make a claim. If you were the passenger in a car, then even if the accident was the fault of the driver that you were with, you have a right to claim compensation. Pedestrians can also claim compensation, as well as cyclists, passengers in taxis and public transport, and anybody else that might have been involved.
Different types of injury may also be sustained. Neck and head injuries are fairly common, and the severity of these types of injury mean that you are likely to be entitled to a significant sum in compensation, especially if the injuries prove to be long-term, or if they will have a lifelong impact on your way of life. Your Kent personal injury solicitors will be able to help you submit a claim for compensation following any road traffic accident injury.
Girlings Solicitors are specialist Kent personal injury solicitors, providing assistance to clients that have suffered injuries or illness as a result of any type of personal injury, including drivers and passengers in road traffic accidents.