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Road Traffic Accident Claims

Car Accident Claims

A car accident can have a serious, life-changing impact on the lives of those involved, as well as their families. If you’ve suffered an injury in a car accident, you may be able to claim compensation.

Our specialist lawyers have experience in a wide range of car accident compensation cases, and have secured compensation for thousands of people. In the past two years alone, our personal injury team have secured over £1 billion in settlements for our clients.

We are one of the only law firms in the country to have a specialist road traffic accident department, with years of experience in dealing with road traffic accident claims.

Road traffic collisions can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Reckless or negligent behaviour from other road users
  • Poorly maintained road conditions
  • Faults with a vehicle

We have experience helping people who have suffered a range of injuries following a car accident – from minor whiplash through to serious head and spinal trauma. If you have lost a loved one, we could also help you claim compensation and represent you at an inquest.

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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Car Accident Claims - More Information
    • 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 a variety of factors including:

      • Your pain and suffering
      • 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

      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 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 and car 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. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you at no cost to you. You'll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      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 or injury 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 in this case.

      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, and if they admit that they're responsible for your injuries.

      Interim payments can be used to replace loss of 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 Can I Claim Compensation For After A Car Accident?

You could be able to claim compensation for a range of injuries, from minor whiplash through to more serious head and spinal trauma. You could also be able to claim for a loved one, if they died in a car accident, or are unable to make the claim for themselves.

The most common types of injury that we help people claim compensation for include:

If you’ve suffered an injury that isn't listed above, you could still be able to claim. For more advice, and if you have any other questions about making a claim, contact us on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell Following A Car Accident?

Our car accident lawyers deal with thousands of successful claims each year.

The injuries you suffer in a crash, and the support you need afterwards, will be individual to you. We have experience helping people claim compensation for a range of injuries – from relatively minor whiplash, to serious head and spinal injuries.

We're one of the only law firms in the UK with a specialist road accident investigation team, and it includes a former police accident investigator and an advanced driving instructor to offer expert insight. The team could interview witnesses, carry out site inspections and prepare reconstruction reports to find out who was at fault, if appropriate.

We also understand that everyone will have different support needs following a car accident, and the rehabilitation you need, will depend on your job and lifestyle rather than just the injuries themselves. We will work with you to understand what support you need, and how best to help you access it, from the beginning of the claim process.

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What's The Process For Making A Car Accident Claim?

When you make a car accident claim with us, we’ll let you know exactly what we're doing at each stage – and what we need from you.

Getting a claim started is simple, all you need to do is contact us. You can call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation – we'll discuss your accident, and whether we think you can claim. If we think you've got a case, your claim will usually progress through these four stages:

Stage One: Information Gathering

We'll begin by investigating the circumstances of your crash to work out exactly what happened and who was responsible. Road traffic accidents aren't always the result of a collision between two cars, there could be other causes too such as:

  • Poor road maintenance, such as potholes or worn markings
  • Inadequate signage or faulty signals
  • Oil spills in the road
  • Faulty equipment in your car
  • Careless or dangerous driving on the part of another road user

If necessary we may get hold of police reports, interview witnesses, or arrange reconstruction reports if appropriate.

At the start, we’ll also determine if we can pursue your claim under a No Win No Fee* agreement, which will make sure you don't have to pay anything if the claim is unsuccessful.

Stage Two: Medical evidence and Rehabilitation

You will also have to have a medical examination with a medical expert that specialises in your injuries. They will write a report on how serious they are, what the prognosis is and what you will need to help you recover.

If your accident has left you in need of medical care and support, we’ll identify what care you need, both now and in the future.

We'll help you to access medical treatment and therapy from providers close to you, and the cost of your travel to any appointments can also be factored into your compensation. In addition, we’ll help you locate any mobility equipment or assistance with making modifications to your home or vehicle if appropriate

Depending on the severity of your injury and the length of the claims process, it may be possible to secure early compensation payments to assist with your rehabilitation costs.

Our commitment to the rehabilitation of our clients has seen us become seven-time winners of the Claimant Solicitor of the Year award at the Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation First Awards.

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

Stage Three: Compensation

We’ll work out how much compensation you’ll need for your injuries, losses, and for any medical care and support you require both now and in the future. The compensation amount will either be agreed with your opponent as a settlement, or determined through court proceedings.

The vast majority of cases settle out of court, so pursuing court proceedings is rare. However, if you do have to go to court, our team will be there to support you.

Stage Four: Conclusion

Your claim is concluded, and you’re awarded compensation if you’re successful. If your claim is funded under a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't need to pay anything if you lose the case, while your opponent will pay most of our fees if you win.

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Awards & Recognition

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

"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."

What Our Clients Say

We truly value and appreciate the feedback we receive from our clients, as we look to improve the services we offer on an ongoing basis.

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Proudly supporting vital charity work.

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

We believe that getting you the right rehabilitation is just as important as claiming compensation. This approach has seen us win Post Magazine's Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven occasions.


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