Road traffic accidents in the UK
According to the latest statistics, there are over 180,000 reported casualties each year resulting from road traffic accidents (RTA). In 2013 alone, 1,713 people died on Britain’s roads. Although many RTAs are relatively minor and may not involve injury, a substantial number of accidents can be life-altering or fatal. If you have been involved in a road accident – as a driver, passenger, motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian – you may be entitled to compensation, so it’s worth talking to a specialist road traffic accident lawyer to find out where you stand and if you can make a claim.
Main types of road accident injuries
There are a huge range of injuries which are sustained in road accidents, with the most common being whiplash, a neck injury caused by a sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or sideways. Whiplash can develop after collisions – even if they are low speed – and it may cause pain, tenderness, stiffness and loss of movement in the neck. Around 70% of RTA claims are brought on the basis of whiplash injury claim. Other injuries include:
● other types of bruising and soft tissue injuries
● fractures and broken bones
● injury to the senses
● injury to internal organs
● loss of limbs
● head and spinal injuries
● brain damage
Claiming compensation for road accidents
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a road traffic accident in the last three years, it may be possible to claim compensation in respect of personal injury, whiplash injury, vehicle damage, policy excess, loss of earnings and medical treatment as well as other things. Even if the other driver was not insured, compensation is often available via the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). The personal injury team at CH Legal can provide legal advice on all aspects of your road accident claim and advise you on how much compensation you can expect to receive. To find out how we can help you with your RTA claim, contact Thomas Phillips or phone 0845 4786 354.