Road Traffic Accident Claims in Manchester
Road traffic accidents can lead to very serious injuries and the law provides that any victim of a road traffic accident can make a claim for compensation against the guilty party. Most road traffic accidents are not intentional and are caused by negligence; nevertheless a claim for compensation can be made via our Manchester personal injury claims solicitors** as there is a duty of care on road users to take care and not to compromise the health and safety of other road users.
Most people associate road traffic accidents with car crashes; however any road user can bring a claim including motorbike riders and cyclists. Most road traffic accident compensation claims involve cars because they are the biggest dangers on the road and the most common claim is for whiplash, which is damage to the neck caused by it being thrown violently, usually following a rear end collision.
Road Traffic Accident Solicitors of Manchester
All too often people believe that they are not entitled to accident compensation: they think that road traffic accidents are nothing more than a given hazard of driving on UK roads. This is simply not true. Personal Injury Claims Manchester has a team of dedicated personal injury specialists on hand to help secure you the compensation you deserve. Here we outline the law surrounding road traffic accidents, when compensation will be available and what needs to be done to make a successful claim. Contact our no win no fee* team today.
What do I need to do to pursue my accident claim?
It may sound strange, but the UK has two different ways of approaching road traffic accidents. The most serious road traffic accidents will almost always be dealt with under the criminal law. If you have been involved in an accident that involves some element of dangerous driving, the police are the only ones able to handle these kinds of cases.
Alternatively, there are also those accidents that are capable of being pursued under personal injury rules. These are civil cases and involve a claimant that has been injured in a road traffic accident that was not their fault, seeking compensation from the person that caused the accident and resultant injury. Only these kinds of accident can become the subject of a personal injury claim.
What do I need to prove to make a successful road traffic accident claim?
Personal injury rules are very complicated when encountered for the first time. Personal Injury Claims Manchester have many years of experience in helping people to pursue compensation for injuries sustained from road traffic accidents. We will use our skills and specialist expertise to help you pursue the compensation that you are entitled to. If you hope to bring a personal injury action before the UK courts for compensation, you will need to prove two things:
- Primarily, you need to demonstrate that the person that caused your accident had a responsibility not to do anything that could cause you concern. In law, this responsibility is called the ‘duty of care’. No matter what kind of road user you are, there will almost always be an obligation on other road users not to do anything, or fail to do anything that is likely to cause someone else to suffer injury. It is very important to understand that road users do not only owe a duty of care to other drivers in cars, buses, taxi’s, motorbikes and bicycles. They also have a duty of care in respect of passengers in other vehicles as well as pedestrians on the street.
- Secondly, you will need to point out how, having suffered some kind of injury, the duty of care owed to you was breached. Identifying a breach of the duty of care owed to you involves pointing out how a road user failed to conduct themselves in a way that would be expected of them: you need to show that they were negligent and that in so doing, caused you to suffer an injury.
Proving negligence can be difficult. You will need to have lots of different kinds of evidence to show that whatever another road user did or didn’t do caused you to suffer injury. This is why evidence is so important in personal injury claims that develop out of road traffic accidents. If you can provide photographic evidence and witness testimonials of the events leading up to and immediately following your accident, this can help to strengthen your claim.
In attempting to prove negligence on the part of another road user, it is vitally important that you take care to remember the facts surrounding your injury: a court will need to be able to see how the acts of someone else actually resulted in you being injured. Any attempt to embellish your circumstances will only have a negative impact on your case, and could lead to your entire claim being dismissed by the courts.
Road traffic accident compensation awards
The value of any compensation that is likely to be awarded in the event of a successful personal injury claim will always depend on the circumstances. In most situations, the cost of repairs to a damaged vehicle is normally provided by an insurance company in the event of a successful claim, but there are other kinds of compensation that can be pursued.
In fact there are multiple kinds of compensation that can be claimed for injuries sustained in road traffic accidents. Not only is it possible to claim for compensation to reflect the level of suffering that you have endured by being injured, you can also seek for your financial award to include the cost of any personal care that you have had to arrange; any loss of income that your injury has caused; and any outlays in having an injury treated.
Our local advisors and solicitors** for Manchester regularly advise on the different kinds of compensation available for road traffic injuries. If you believe that you are entitled to compensation, call our team today and explain the circumstances surrounding your injury and find out what kind of compensation you may be entitled to. You might be surprised at how much you could be awarded.
Time Limits in Making a Claim for a Road Accident
If you would like to make a claim then it is important that you act fast. Any claim must be made within three years of the date of the accident to prevent it from being time barred under the Limitation Act 1980. Whilst this rule is applied strictly by the courts, there are some exceptions, for example, a child can bring a claim up to his or her 21st birthday.
Contact our Specialist Road Traffic Accident Claim Lawyers for Manchester
Being involved in any kind of road traffic accident can be an incredibly stressful and emotional time for people. At Personal Injury Claims Manchester, we take the time and care to collect every facet surrounding your injury, and will develop a strategy to pursue the maximum level of compensation that you could be entitled to. Our team appreciate that suffering an injury can have a significant impact, both physically and mentally on people. Our expert team will handle every aspect of your claim from the moment you call us. Our specialist solicitors** will also handle any negotiations that your claim involves.
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, our Road Traffic Accident Lawyers can help you claim compensation through our No Win, No Fee* offering. Call our Road Traffic Accident solicitors** on 01618855335 or contact us online.