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:

Solatium (damages)

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.

Vehicle repair

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.

Medical treatment

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.

The standard cut-off date for making a car 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.


Every case is completely different, and several factors influence how quickly your claim is settled. For example, the severity of injuries is a big aspect. Whiplash claims should settle within a few months but spinal or brain injuries will take much longer. When liability is in dispute, or the other driver was uninsured, it will take much longer for your claim to settle.

The amount of compensation you’ll be able to claim for a car accident injury can vary considerably. Most injuries from car accidents may be relatively minor, though they will still cause pain, discomfort and inconvenience.

When injuries are more significant, the compensation can be a lot of higher because of the impact the injuries will have on your lifestyle, work and even personal relationships.  In such cases, the compensation received will support you throughout recovery and long after your claim to make sure you receive the appropriate treatment, support and rehabilitation.

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.

For a complete and accurate analysis of your car accident claim, please phone us on 0131 55 7055. Or contact us through our form.