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Accident claims on the road

We are the most experienced personal injury law firm in the UK and because we care for all our clients, and fight to achieve the maximum road accident compensation to which they are entitled, we have won a reputation for being tenacious and tough in winning accident claims.

Road accident claim statistics

According to the Department for Transport, every year many thousands of people are killed or injured in road accidents in Great Britain. In 2000, the Government set targets to reduce these casualties, which included a 40% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads. In 2008, this overall target was met. In addition, the number of children killed or seriously injured was 59% below the average for 1994-98, beating the Government target of a 50% reduction.

Whilst the overall reduction is to be applauded, there are still thousands who are affected by road accidents every year, killed and injured in accidents that could have been avoided. If you have been affected by a road accident that was caused by the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to make an accident claim for road accident compensation.

Nothing can compensate for the loss of a loved one, or dealing with the sometimes serious injuries suffered. But making a road accident claim for the compensation to which you are entitled can help with the financial impact of the loss of life or reduced quality of life, and provide a secure future for those coping with the effects of the road accident.

Work-related road accident claims

Of those thousands of road accidents that happen every year, many will involve drivers as part of their work. Your employer has a duty to provide you with a safe place of work, a safe method of working, and tools and equipment to ensure you do not suffer an accident at work. If you are required to drive as part of your work, whatever type of vehicle this involves, the duty of your employer extends to making sure your vehicle is safe and that the conditions in which you are driving are also safe.

Research by the Department for Transport confirms that drivers of fleet vehicles are 50% more likely to have an accident than private drivers. Moreover, those drivers whose annual mileage involves more than 80% work-related journeys were 53% more likely to suffer a road accident resulting in their being injured than drivers who did no work-related mileage. (These figures apply to drivers where all other factors are similar, such as age, sex, annual mileage and percentage of their mileage done on motorways).

If you are involved in a road accident that is caused because you were under pressure to drive to fast, for too long, or when tired, or even if the vehicle has not been correctly maintained, you may be able to make an accident claim for compensation against your employer. Your company directors and managers are now accountable by law for the risks to your safety if your job requires you to drive.

You may be injured whilst travelling as a passenger in a company car or works bus and if so, the employer’s road accident insurance policy will be available and we can help you claim accident compensation from that source. If your fellow employee was driving the vehicle, responsibility for compensation rests with the employer and there is no personal liability imposed on the driver to pay. Equally, if your driver was not at fault for the road accident, the driver too may also make an accident claim for compensation against the party at fault for any injury suffered.

Motor Insurers' Bureau

There are schemes in place operated by the Motor Insurers' Bureau to cover the innocent victims of ‘hit and run accidents’ and ‘uninsured motorists’ so compensation may be available from that source and our specialist lawyers can advise on this.

Gathering evidence for a road accident claim

Even if you are lucky enough to walk away from a road accident with few, if any, apparent injuries, you will still suffer from shock and stress. Often, the trauma of the accident can prevent the clear thinking needed to record the road accident details, which may be required later to support insurance and accident claims for compensation.

Please visit our section on gathering information and evidence for making an accident claim, which we hope will be helpful if you are ever unfortunate enough to be involved in a road accident.

Road accident news stories

Clear Answers' solicitors deal with a large number of accident claims for road accidents each year. Details of some of the many successful accident claims can be found in our Personal injury news section which is updated regularly.

Making a road accident claim

If you are unfortunate enough to suffer injury in a road accident, whether private or work-related, and it is the fault of someone else, you may be able to make an accident claim for compensation.

Strict time limits apply to bringing any accident claim, so always consult a specialist personal injury lawyer as soon as you think you may have a valid road accident claim.

Clear Answers’ solicitors have been a leading force in winning road accident claims for compensation for over 90 years. Contact Clear Answers on 0800 783 9019 to discuss your road accident claim. Alternatively, fill out one of our online accident claim forms and one of our representatives will contact you as soon as possible.

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