The most common reason for a road traffic accident is dangerous or negligent driving. But there are a host of other causes, including:
- Drink driving
- General lack of concentration
- Using a mobile a phone.
Whether you are the driver, or a passenger, in a vehicle that has been involved in a car crash, you may be entitled to compensation.
Most road traffic 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 you won’t be charged if your claim is unsuccessful. However, if you win your case, the at fault party pays your legal fees.
With Watermans, you’ll get the necessary support and advice regarding your injuries and reimbursed for the losses you’ve incurred. How much compensation you’ll receive depends on your specific circumstances and injuries.
Please call us on 0131 555 7055 for a free no obligation consultation and we’ll be happy to assist you.
Car Accident Claims - 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.