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.

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.