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Car Accident Claims

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, we understand the pain and suffering you’re going through. Our car accident solicitors have experience helping people who have suffered a range of injuries in car accidents – from whiplash through to serious head and spinal trauma. For a free initial consultation about your claim contact us today.

How To Claim Compensation For A Car Accident

The first step is to contact us for a free initial consultation about your car accident claim. While many motor insurers will try to settle your injury claim directly with you, it’s important to get early legal advice about how much compensation you might be entitled to.

You may be referred to a law firm by your insurer or another party, such as the garage repairing your vehicle, but you are free to make your own choice as to which law firm represents you.

How Long Do I Have To Claim After A Car Accident?

The standard time limit for starting a car accident claim is three years from the date of the accident.

However, there are some exceptions to this:

  • Mental Capacity – while a loved one lacks the capacity to make a claim themselves, there is no time limit for making a claim. If they regain capacity then the relevant time limit will apply.
  • Children – claims can be made at any point before your child turns 18. After that, your child can make a claim up until the age of 21.
  • Car Accidents Abroad – time limits in other countries can be shorter than in the UK. However, depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may still be able to make a claim under UK law.
  • Criminal injuries – if your injuries were caused by someone else deliberately, you may have a separate right to claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The time limit for making a claim through the CICA scheme is two years from the incident.

Can I Make A Car Accident Claim If It Was My Fault?

This depends on the circumstances of your car accident. If your car hit another vehicle, but this was due to the condition of the road for example, then you may be able to claim.

You might also have a claim if you were only partly to blame for the collision, or if you contributed to your injuries by not wearing a seatbelt. However, in these cases the amount of compensation awarded may be less, to reflect your partial responsibility.

If the driver of your car was to blame for the accident, you may be able to make a passenger claim.

How Long Does A Car Accident Claim Take To Settle?

Every case is different, and several factors influence how quickly your car accident claim is settled. Some cases settle in a few months but others can take multiple years.

The length of your claim will depend on:

  • How severe your injuries are – whiplash claims can settle within a few months, serious brain and spinal injuries can take much longer
  • Whether the other vehicle involved failed to stop, or was driven by an uninsured driver. In these instances you can still claim, but it will take a little longer

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Car Accident?

There is no set tariff of compensation for injuries caused in a car accident as the same injury won’t impact two different people in the same way. We do have a table of guide compensation amounts for less serious injuries, but your solicitor will be able to give you further advice in a free initial consultation about your claim.

No Win No Fee Car Accident Claims

Most of the car accident claims our lawyers handle are on a no win no fee basis. That means that there is nothing to pay upfront, and nothing to pay if your claim is unsuccessful*.

If you win your case, your opponent will pay most of your legal fees, with the remainder coming out of your compensation award. We’ll keep you fully updated throughout your claim, so you know how much compensation you are likely to receive.

Why Choose Us?

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 car accident claims.

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Car Accident Claims - More Information
    • Do I Have To Have A Medical Examination?
    • If you've been injured in a road traffic accident, you should seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Even if you only appear to have minor injuries, your injuries could be more serious than you think, so you should consult a doctor.

      You’ll also need to have a separate medical examination as part of the claims process, which we will arrange. This will help us to determine the extent and impact of your injuries, which is an essential part of working out how much compensation you are owed.

      Find out more about the medical examination you'll need.

    • My Insurance Company Has Recommended A Law Firm, Do I Have To Use Them?
    • Many insurance companies have preferred solicitors that they work with, but you’re still free to make up your own mind, and they can’t insist that you use the lawyers they recommend.

      It's important that you choose a solicitor that you’re comfortable with, and are able to communicate with easily and clearly. We have offices across the UK, and can be reached by phone and email.

      Before you make a decision, you should consider all of your options, so give us a call on 0800 056 4110 for a free consultation with no obligation to make a claim.

    • Will I Have To Go To Court?
    • When investigating your compensation claim, we'll always try and establish who was responsible for your accident, and work hard to get an admission of liability from them.

      If this is possible, then your case can be settled without court proceedings. This is the case for the vast majority of the claims we pursue.

      However, if the person responsible will not admit fault, or the value of your claim cannot be agreed, then court proceedings may be necessary.

      If this happens, don't worry – we'll be there to support you every step of the way.

    • 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.

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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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