Frequently Asked Questions – Road Traffic Accidents
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors has helped many victims of road traffic accidents secure the compensation they need. Here are a few of the questions we get asked most often by people looking to make a claim.
How do I prove the accident was someone else’s fault?
This is the key question for any injury claim, and road accidents are no different. Simply put, your claim stands the best chance of succeeding if you can prove that someone else caused the incident in which you were injured.
How you react immediately after the collision could be crucial, and injury permitting you should attempt to gather as much evidence as possible to support your claim. Make sure to exchange insurance details with the other driver, and take photographs of any vehicle damage if you can.
If there are CCTV cameras around, it would be a good idea to contact the company in charge of the footage straight away in order to make sure it will be available if required. The one thing you should not do is trust that the other driver will give an honest account of the incident, even if they give you that impression at the time.
Is compensation only for drivers?
No. Compensation can be given to anyone who has been injured as a result of an accident that was not their fault. This includes passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.
What happens if the other driver was uninsured?
It is a sad fact that some road users have no regard for the rules, and some accident victims are unfortunate enough to be hit by an uninsured driver.
However, this does not mean your claim cannot succeed, as the Motor Insurers’ Bureau has measures in place to help you get the compensation you deserve.
This process is likely to take a little longer, but with support from an experienced personal injury solicitor many victims are able to make a successful claim in this way.
Should I be worried about making a whiplash claim?
Whiplash claims are increasingly coming under the microscope, with the government stating its intention to tackle fraudulent claims from people who are not legitimately hurt. This should not put off genuine victims, because if you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to fear.
If you have suffered whiplash in a road accident, your solicitor can arrange for a medical professional to conduct an examination that will support your claim.
What do I do while my car is off the road?
On a practical level, you may be worried about what to do while you wait for your car to be repaired. At Sheldon Davidson Solicitors, we ensure you are supplied with a replacement like-for-like vehicle while yours is being repaired.
Additionally, we can send your vehicle to one of our approved repairers in order to get it back on the road quickly and with as little disruption to your daily routine as possible.
Have more questions?
If we have not managed to answer your query here, feel free to contact us on 0333 999 8800 for more information, or fill in the contact form on this page.