Road Traffic Accident Claims

Road Traffic Accident Compensation Amounts - A Guide

The amount of compensation you receive following a road traffic accident can vary a great deal depending on the circumstances of the accident, and the extent of your injuries.

It's hard to predict compensation amounts until we know the details of your accident and injury, as payments vary on a case-by-case basis. However, we are able to give some guide amounts, which illustrate how much you might expect to claim in a typical case.

Guide Road Traffic Accident Compensation Amounts

Please note that this guide is primarily aimed at less serious injuries. The circumstances of each injury are different, and the figures below are purely for guidance.

Neck Injuries (Soft Tissue)

Injury Description Estimated Compensation** (£)
Injury Description Soft tissue injury with a full recovery within 3 months: Estimated Compensation (£) up to £2,000
Injury Description Soft tissue injury with full recovery up to a year following the accident: Estimated Compensation (£) up to £3,600
Injury Description Full recovery between one and two years: Estimated Compensation (£) £3,600 - £6,600
Injury Description Where recovery takes more than two years but the on-going effects are moderate: Estimated Compensation (£) £6,600 - £11,500
Injury Description More serious on-going problems where pain is permanent, or recurring, and surgery may be needed: Estimated Compensation (£) £11,500 - £21,000

Back Injuries (Soft Tissue)

Injury Description Estimated Compensation** (£)
Injury Description Soft tissue injury with a full recovery within 3 months: Estimated Compensation (£) up to £2,000
Injury Description Soft tissue injury with full recovery up to a year following the accident: Estimated Compensation (£) up to £3,600
Injury Description Full recovery between one and two years: Estimated Compensation (£) £3,600 - £6,600
Injury Description Where recovery takes more than two years but the on-going effects are moderate: Estimated Compensation (£) £6,600 - £10,500
Injury Description More serious on-going problems where pain is permanent, or recurring, with possibility of prolapsed discs: Estimated Compensation (£) £10,500 - £23,000

Chest Injuries

Injury Description Estimated Compensation** (£)
Injury Description Fractures of ribs causing pain for a few weeks only: Estimated Compensation (£) up to £3,300
Injury Description Collapsed lungs with a full recovery: Estimated Compensation (£) £1,800 - £4,500

Arm Injuries

Injury Description Estimated Compensation** (£)
Injury Description Simple fracture of the forearm: Estimated Compensation (£) £5,400 - £15,500
Injury Description More serious injury with significant disability and without full recovery: Estimated Compensation (£) £16,000 - £33,000

Leg Injuries

Injury Description Estimated Compensation** (£)
Injury Description Simple fracture of the tibia or fibula with complete recovery: Estimated Compensation (£) up to £8,000
Injury Description Simple fracture of the femur: Estimated Compensation (£) £7,600 - £12,000
Injury Description More serious fracture or serious soft tissue injury, without full recovery: Estimated Compensation (£) £15,000 - £23,000

Who Can Claim Compensation?

If you (or a loved one) were injured in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, then you could be able to claim compensation. If the accident was partially your fault, or you could have taken an action that might have reduced your injuries (such as wearing a seatbelt), you may still be able to claim.

You generally have three years to make a claim following a road traffic accident. Find out more about any exceptions that may apply.

However, it’s best to begin a claim as soon as you're able, so that recollections of the accident will still be clear, both for you and for any witnesses.

It’s best to speak to a solicitor as soon as possible, to make sure you receive the compensation that you deserve. Contact us on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your case.

What Can Compensation Pay For?

Your compensation payments can be used to cover any treatment, losses or expenses you experience as a result of your accident and injury. This could include:

  • Medical expenses, such as treatments, therapy, surgeries and medications
  • Travel expenses, whether these are due to attending medical appointments, or due to the loss of a vehicle   
  • Repairs to, or replacement of, your vehicle   
  • Modifications to your home and vehicle   
  • Mobility aids   
  • Financial losses from being unable to return to work

Why Do Compensation Amounts Vary So Much?

The amount of compensation you could receive will vary a great deal from case to case, and is likely to be different to the guidance amounts listed above. How much you receive will depend on a number of factors that may all influence the final compensation award, including:

  • The severity of your injury
  • The time it has taken you to recover
  • Medical expenses you’ve incurred
  • Your occupation, and the impact your injury will have on your ability to return to work
  • Whether you were wearing a seatbelt
  • Whether you were wearing a cycling helmet

Because your injuries and circumstances will be individual to you, compensation amounts can only be calculated on a case-by-case basis, rather than awarded at set amounts.

Why Choose Irwin Mitchell?

Our personal injury solicitors have secured over £1 billion in compensation for our clients over the past two years.

We place an emphasis on rehabilitation for our clients and consider medical support and treatment to be as important as financial compensation following an accident.

Our specialised expertise in road traffic accident claims means you can be sure of excellent advice and support.

We're one of the only law firms in the UK with a specialist department carrying out this work, with years of experience, so by claiming with us you can be sure that we'll leave no stone unturned in our efforts to help you get the compensation you need.

Contact us and you'll be met with clear, straightforward advice that puts you and your family first. You can call us on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation, contact us by email, or find out more information in our road traffic accident claims guide.




The above information relates to the law in England and Wales.

*Subject to entering into a 'No Win No Fee' agreement in conjunction with our Allianz Litigate insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.

**Compensation amounts are presented as a guide only, and cannot be guaranteed.

All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you’ll receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.

 

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