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Road Traffic Accident Claims

Being involved in a road traffic accident (RTA) can be a traumatic and life-changing experience, not only for those injured, but also for their families and loved ones.

Road traffic accident claims can be made in a variety of circumstances, and aren't limited solely to car accidents. Any road user, whether a pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist, public transport user, or the driver or passenger in any other type of vehicle, could be entitled to compensation.

We have a proven track record in road traffic accident claims, helping thousands of clients to recover compensation every year.

The injuries that you could claim for can be relatively minor conditions, or more serious injuries that require extensive medical care. Examples of injuries that you could claim for include:

If you or a loved one has been involved in a road traffic accident, our personal injury solicitors will work hard to get the compensation, rehabilitation and support you deserve.

Even if your insurance provider has recommended a different law firm, you’re free to make your own choice about who represents you. Call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your case or contact us online and we’ll get back to you.

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    • How Much Compensation Can I Expect?
    • How much compensation you can expect to receive following a road traffic accident will depend on a number of factors related to your injury, its circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you require as a result.

      The amount of compensation you could claim is based on:

      • Current and future loss of earnings
      • Medical and travel expenses you have incurred
      • Your care and support needs – both now and in the future
      • Modifications to your home
      • Mobility aids
      • Your pain and suffering

      For more information, find out more about guide compensation amounts following road traffic accidents, or call us on 0800 056 4110, and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case, we'll discuss funding options with you, advising you on which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you're best supported by a No Win No Fee* agreement, we'll explain the process clearly. You'll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees, with any remaining costs coming out of your compensation.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You normally have three years from the date of an accident to begin a compensation claim – or three years from the date of turning 18 if the incident happened when you were a child.

      However, there is no time limit for people who don't have the mental capacity to make legal decisions, which often applies to those who have suffered serious brain injuries.

      In fatal cases, the family of the deceased has three years to make a claim, starting from either the date your loved one died, or the date you received the post-mortem results.

      If your accident happened outside of the UK, then the time limit can be shorter. In this instance, it's vital that you contact us as soon as possible.

      If you have any concerns or questions about the time limit for claiming compensation, call our team today on 0800 056 4110 for free initial advice and to talk through your options.

    • Can I Get Early Compensation Payments?
    • Early compensation payments, also known as interim payments, are made in advance of any final settlement. They’re only made in an agreement with your opponent, if they admit that they're responsible for your injuries.

      Interim payments can be used to replace lost earnings, so you can afford to pay essential bills if your injury has meant you’ve been absent from work, as well as covering the cost of specialist medical care or mobility equipment.

      We'll work hard to get an early admission of fault, and also to obtain early compensation payments to relieve any immediate pressures you’re feeling.

It was so fantastic to have Irwin Mitchell supporting my recovery. They put in place additional services for me to help me with my rehabilitation, and it was able to carry on when the community services came to an end.”

Jaxx, client
Client Jaxx Cave

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Most Common Types Of Road Traffic Accidents?

Although the majority of accidents on the road are between two cars, there are many other circumstances in which people can be injured, and may be entitled to claim compensation.

Accidents involving pedestrians or cyclists are also common, and can be very serious due to the lack of protection that these road users have compared to drivers. The same is true for motorcyclists, with the added risk of high speeds.

Cyclists and motorcyclists are often injured as a result of drivers not giving enough space to manoeuvre, pulling out into their path without looking, or not noticing bicycles or motorbikes in a blind spot. Cyclists are at particular risk from lorries and vans, because of the bigger blind spots on these vehicles.

Accidents involving public transport, whether a bus or a coach, can be incredibly traumatic, as these incidents can result in a larger number of victims, and may end up being quite high profile cases. The person responsible for the accident might not necessarily be the driver of the vehicle, or another road user. The transport operator could be found responsible if its safety or training procedures are found to be inadequate.

Bus and coach claims aren't just limited to public transport operators: private hire companies, as well as school bus or coach tour operators, can also be responsible for injuries. Similarly, accidents involving a taxi may involve claiming against a private hire company.

Road traffic accidents can cause a range of minor and serious injuries. Whiplash, an injury caused by the head snapping back and forth putting pressure on the neck and spine, is very common in road traffic accidents.

Tragically, hundreds of people are killed in road traffic accidents every year. You may be able to claim compensation if a loved one has died in an accident – find out more about fatal accident claims.

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Does Irwin Mitchell Offer Rehabilitation Support?

We consider rehabilitation following a road traffic accident to be as important as financial compensation. Our personal injury specialists will work with you throughout every step of your claim so we can understand what support you need, and how you can access it in the best way, both today and in the future.

Rehabilitation can be an essential part of helping you and your family deal with the effects of a road traffic accident, helping you to recover from your injuries as much as possible. The support you need to help you travel and return to work will all be considered when calculating how much compensation you should receive.

We aim to ensure our clients are provided with the best rehabilitation support available, which is why we have won the Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards' Claimant Solicitor of the Year award seven times.

Where possible, we'll arrange for private care in a location near your home, so travelling to appointments is never an inconvenience. If it’s appropriate in your case, you may able to access a range of rehabilitation treatment and assistance, including:

  • Surgeries
  • Medication
  • Physiotherapy
  • Counselling
  • Mobility equipment
  • Modifications to your home or vehicle
  • Travel expenses to and from appointments

Learn more about how we can help you gain access to rehabilitation.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell?

We have many years of experience handling a wide range of road traffic accident claims, dealing with thousands of successful claims each year. Our solicitors have helped clients claim over £1 billion in compensation in the last two years alone.

No matter the injury, and no matter the circumstances, you will be met with compassionate, practical advice. The first time you contact us, we'll have a free initial consultation to discuss your accident, whether we think you can claim, and what your options are. There’s no obligation to go ahead with a claim at this stage, so you’ve got nothing to lose by giving us a call.

If you do choose us, we'll guide you through the claims process step by step, in plain English, letting you know exactly what we need from you at every stage. You can find out more about the claims process, or read our claims guide if you'd like to know more, or ask us any questions that you have when you speak to us.

Our specialised expertise in road traffic accident claims means you can be sure of excellent advice and support whatever your circumstances. Our road traffic accident investigation team, which includes a former police accident investigator and an advanced driving instructor alongside our expert personal injury solicitors, could interview witnesses, carry out site inspections and prepare reconstruction reports to find out who was at fault, where appropriate.

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

We understand that every road traffic accident claim is different, from the circumstances of the accident and the vehicles involved, to the injuries suffered. Your claim will be handled by a lawyer with expert knowledge in the type of road accident you have been involved in, including:

To begin your claim, contact us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your case.

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Awards & Accreditations

"The lawyers are heavyweight individuals in a big firm, but they never compromise on client care. They handle cases with striking compassion and insight."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven occasions.
"'One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."

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We're registered as approved solicitors with a number of leading national charities, and many of our team volunteer with these charities and support groups too.

Charities and groups we're involved with include:

  • Brake – the Road Safety Charity
  • RoadPeace – the Road Crash Victims Charity
  • Headway – the Brain Injury Association
  • The Brain and Spine Foundation
  • The Spinal Injury Association
  • The Child Brain Injury Trust
  • The UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum

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