Road Traffic Accidents
There are so many things to think about in the aftermath of road traffic accident. That’s where we come in. As one of the leading legal firms in Scotland, our award-winning team has a proven track record of achieving great settlements for our clients. We’ll work tirelessly to get you the best compensation possible after an accident, to help cover things like car repair costs and loss of earnings due to injury.
Plus, we work on a no win no fee basis, which means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t end up out of pocket.
What we can help you with
As long as the road traffic accident wasn’t your fault, we can take on your claim no matter what type of vehicle was involved, or whether you were the driver, passenger, or a pedestrian. Here are just some of the no-cost benefits that we may be able to offer you:
- No excess for you to pay.
- Recovery and repair of your vehicle — and you get to pick who carries out the repairs.
- Access to our panel of approved repairers throughout Scotland.
- Potential compensation claim for personal injuries.
- Like-for-like replacement vehicle while yours is getting fixed, including prestige cars, vans, lorries, taxis, motorcycles, and buses.
- Compensation for loss of earnings or disruption to business.
- Recovery of out-of-pocket expenses.
What you can claim for
You’ll only get one shot at compensation after an accident. As such, knowing what you can claim for is important, and having the backing of a personal injury expert like Watermans can make all the difference.
Here’s an overview of the main things to be aware of:
Compensation for pain and suffering stemming from an accident. The amount you could receive will depend on the type of injury, and how severe it is.
Loss of earnings
Compensation for loss of earnings as a result of going on sick leave after an accident. If you can’t return to work at all, you might be able to claim for future loss of earnings too.
Other financial losses/out of pocket expenses
Sometimes it’s possible to claim back expenses resulting from an accident, including damage to property or clothing and the cost of attending medical appointments.
We can help you get your vehicle repaired to its pre-accident standard, or pursue a claim for the value of your vehicle if it’s written off.
We can help with compensation for post-accident treatments that you might need, including physiotherapy and counselling.
Assistance from family members
You may be able to claim compensation for services provided by family members after an accident, such as helping you get washed/dressed, housework, and grocery shopping.
Road Traffic Accidents - Frequently Asked Questions
If you have suffered an injury in a vehicle, you may be entitled to a claim for compensation.
The first step is to contact us for a free no obligation consultation. As soon as we’ve got the details we will confirm if you’re entitled to claim. Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and contact the person responsible for your accident to let them know you are seeking compensation for your injuries and any associated accident damages. We will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at all times so you don’t have to worry about anything.
Most car accident claims are funded through a fee agreement called no win no fee. This makes compensation accessible to people who cannot afford to pay solicitor fees. No win no fee, means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t end up out of pocket. However, if you win your case, the at fault party pays your legal fees.
The standard cut-off date for making a road accident claim is 3 years from the date of the accident. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:
- Mental Capacity – if the person involved is incapable of making a claim themselves, there’s no cut-off date, until they regain full ability to do so.
- Children – claims involving children under the age of sixteen have until their 19th birthday.
- Car Accidents Abroad – closing dates differ from country to country. However, you will still be able to make a claim within three years from the accident under Scottish law.
- Criminal Injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately, you have a separate right to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The cut-off date for creating a claim through the CICA is 2 years from the incident.
Compensation for road traffic accident injuries in Scotland is awarded on a case-by-case basis. The amount you could get depends on a number of factors, including:
- How bad your pain is, and how long you’ve had it for.
- How long you’re likely to continue to suffer from the pain.
- How the injury has affected your ability to work and live as you did before the accident. For example, can you still enjoy your hobbies or carry out day-to-day tasks?
- Any expenses or loss of income resulting from the injury.
Our car accident compensation calculator will help you estimate the amount you may be able to claim for. However, the figures should be taken as a guide.
It’s important to know how to handle an accident. Even if you think only minor damage has been done, under the Road Traffic Act you must stop your car. Turn off your engine and use your hazard lights to alert other drivers, then immediately call 999 to get medical assistance for anyone who has been hurt.
Depending on your wellbeing, you should start building your personal injury case at the scene of the accident. If you’re able, make sure to photograph the accident as this could help with any future claim. If this isn’t possible, it may be beneficial to return at a later date to document the location and injuries.
We also recommend you write down your experience as soon as possible. After suffering trauma, it’s quite common to forget or lose clarity about what exactly happened because the brain naturally attempts to block negative or painful memories.
It’s also essential to collect crucial information (including names, contact details, vehicle registration numbers, physical descriptions, and insurance details) of any witnesses or the party ‘at fault’. We can use this information later to gather evidence and file your personal injury claim.