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Steve McCourt

Personal Injury Solicitor (Road Traffic Accidents)

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Road Traffic Accident claims

Statistics from the DVLA show that Britain’s roads are busier than ever with over 35 million vehicles licensed for use on the roads. In this country we have some of the busiest and most congested roads in Europe and so with this volume of traffic it is no surprise that accidents happen.

If you have been involved in a Road Traffic Accident that was not your fault, then you are entitled to claim compensation.  You may have been injured whilst driving your car, or travelling as a passenger, or riding a motorcycle or bicycle, or whilst travelling on a bus or as a pedestrian, or riding a horse. If so, we can help you win maximum compensation in the shortest time.

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Why choose TRUE Solicitors to pursue your road accident claim?

With over 20 years’ experience representing accident victims, TRUE Solicitors LLP have the knowledge and expertise to deal with road traffic accident claims in every situation arising from a road accident. For example, we recover compensation for clients where the responsible driver was driving without insurance, or where they are the victim of a hit and run accident, or where they were not wearing a seatbelt.

What can I claim compensation for if I am involved in a road traffic accident?

We will provide you with a free honest assessment of your case after which you can decide if and when you want to pursue a compensation claim. We will advise you what you can claim for, such as:

  • The cost of repairing your vehicle, or its replacement cost if it is too badly damaged.
  • Any travel costs you have incurred whilst your own vehicle is off-road, e.g. hire charges, bus fares etc.
  • Loss of earnings.
  • Injury compensation.
  • Medical expenses such as physiotherapy fees, prescription charges, painkillers etc.
  • Compensation for the care and support provided for free by family or friends.

How do I make a claim if I have had a car accident? 

A car accident can happen at any time and anywhere on the road or in a car park.
The driver of a car, or any other vehicle, is required by law to take all reasonable care and skill to make sure they do not harm other road users.

The conduct expected of all road users is set out in the Highway Code which is a comprehensive guide setting out the rules for using the road. The Highway Code is not, itself, law however if a road user causes an accident as a consequence of breaking the rules or failing to exercise reasonable care, then it is likely they will be ordered to pay compensation.

How much will my road traffic accident claim be worth?

The level of compensation you receive after a road traffic accident is dependent on a number of different factors relating to the incident. Compensation is calculated based on the below points:

  • The severity of your accident
  • Loss of earnings- current and future losses
  • Medical expenses
  • Travel expenses to and from medical appointments
  • Your pain and suffering
  • Current and future care and support needs.
  • Modifications required to home and mobility aids if required.

To get an idea of the level of compensation that you could receive for any physical injuries that you have suffered please use our compensation calculator below:

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Common types of road traffic accidents

There are many different accident scenarios, including:

  • Rear end collisions
  • Concertina collisions
  • Collisions at junctions
  • Collisions on roundabouts
  • Lane-changing collisions
  • Collisions caused by overtaking
  • Excessive speed
  • Reversing
  • Failing to indicate
  • Collisions caused by uninsured drivers
  • Drunk drivers
  • Joy riders
  • Hit and run accidents

No two road traffic accident claims are the same and arguments about who is to blame can arise even in the most straightforward accident circumstances. In some cases both parties can be at fault leading to a split liability settlement or a finding of contributory negligence.

Why should I choose a solicitor to pursue my road accident claim?

Obtaining evidence to prove who caused an accident and to support any losses sustained, including a report from a medical expert, is vital to the success of any car accident claim.

Knowing the law and knowing what evidence to obtain to prove who caused an accident, and what evidence is required to support any losses sustained, such as what type of medical expert should be instructed, is vital to the success of any car accident claim, and it is what we do best.

TRUE Solicitors LLP help thousands of injured clients every year recover compensation from their road traffic accident claims.  We act for clients who have suffered relatively minor soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash, and those who have suffered more serious injuries requiring extensive medical treatment.

Is there a time limit for making a road accident claim?

You should, in most cases, start your road traffic accident claim within three years of the accident happening. The sooner you instruct the help of a solicitor the better. There are however some exceptions to this rule, including:

Children– If children are involved in a road traffic accident the law allows for their parent or guardian to submit a claim on their behalf at any time before their eighteenth birthday.  After the child has turned eighteen they can choose to pursue a claim themselves before the age of twenty-one.

Mental Incapacity– If the person involved in a car accident doesn’t have the mental capacity to make a claim themselves, a family member or friend can make a claim on their behalf at any time after the accident has occurred.

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If you have been injured in a car accident, contact us now on 0344 854 7000 for free, impartial advice about your road traffic accident claim. Alternatively, you can email us at info@true.co.uk. 

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Passenger Accidents

Can I make a claim if I was a passenger involved a road traffic accident?

If you are injured whilst travelling as a passenger in any vehicle, then you are entitled to claim injury compensation.

As a passenger in car, bus or taxi, or as pillion passenger on a motorbike, you have no control over the vehicle in which you are travelling. You therefore cannot be held responsible in the event of an accident.

If the road traffic accident was caused by the driver of the other vehicle, then that driver’s insurance company will pay your compensation claim. Likewise, if the driver of the car you were travelling in caused the accident, then their insurance company will compensate you for your injuries and losses.

Insurance companies and injured passengers

Insurance companies often ignore injured passengers because they tend to focus on the driver’s claim, making sure the driver’s car is repaired and back on the road before dealing with any injuries to the passengers.  At TRUE Solicitors LLP, we take the opposite view because we understand the impact an injury can have on your life and for that reason we believe every client deserves our full attention.

Insurance companies also overlook injured passengers because they tend not to have legal expenses insurance, however since the introduction of ‘No win, No Fee’ agreements and After the Event legal expenses insurance, anyone who is injured can make a compensation claim without  incurring legal costs.

So if you have been injured as a passenger and want to make a road traffic accident claim, contact us now on 0344 854 7000 for free, impartial advice about your accident claim. Alternatively, you can email us at info@true.co.uk. 

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Taxi Accidents

How do I make a claim if I was a passenger involved in a taxi accident?

The number of licensed taxis in Britain has increased to record numbers with the latest figures showing over 242,200 licensed taxi and hire vehicles. When you consider this, coupled with the fact taxi drivers are driving almost every day, then it is inevitable that accidents will happen equalling to more road traffic accident claims.

Taxi drivers are experienced road users, but an accident can happen anywhere and at any time. For a taxi driver who relies on their vehicle for their livelihood, the consequences can be devastating.

We know it is your priority to get back to work as quickly as possible and so if the accident was not your fault we will do everything we can to make this happen. We will make sure your car is repaired and back on the road as quickly as possible and, where that is not possible, we can arrange a plated hire vehicle for you.

If you are injured, then we can also arrange medical treatment to help you back on the road to recovery. In addition to getting you back on the road, we will also handle your road traffic accident claim making sure you are fully compensated for all your losses. This could include:

  • Loss of income
  • The cost of vehicle repairs
  • The value of your vehicle if it has been written- off
  • Hire charges
  • The cost of re-plating
  • Injury compensation
  • Medical treatment

So if you have been injured in an accident whilst driving your taxi, contact TRUE Solicitors LLP now on 0344 854 7000 for free, impartial advice regarding road traffic accident claims.  Alternatively, you can email us at info@true.co.uk. 

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Motorcycle Accidents

How can I claim compensation for a motorcycle accident?

Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable road users, accounting for 21% of all road deaths in 2015 and an equally disproportionate number of serious injuries.

It will come as no surprise to motorcyclists to learn that 69% of all accidents involving motorcyclists took place at a junction and that in almost 80% of cases the other vehicle involved was a car. Less of surprise will be the fact that most accidents caused by car drivers were due to the car driver failing to look properly!

Whatever the cause, motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable due to the lack of protection on a motorcycle compared to the occupant of vehicle who is secured by a seat belt, protected by airbags and in a vehicle that was designed to protect its occupants.

Most common causes of motorcycle accidents

The most common reasons why motorcycle accidents occur include:

  • Oil spillages on the road
  • Hit and run collisions
  • Opening car doors
  • Potholes in the road
  • Car drivers filtering
  • Exiting junctions

At TRUE Solicitors LLP we have lawyers who are experienced in handling all types of motorcycle road traffic accident claims; from straightforward cases where liability is admitted and the injury is minor, to cases where liability is contested and where the injuries are serious, catastrophic or even fatal.

We have fought and won road traffic accident claims where excessive speed is alleged, and in circumstances where the accident occurred whilst the motorcyclist was filtering between lanes. The reality, as with all accidents, is that every case is decided upon its own facts. In some cases the speed of a vehicle or motorcycle will be the main cause of an accident, in other cases the cause of the accident will be different and the speed of the vehicles may be entirely irrelevant.

Whatever the circumstances of your accident TRUE Solicitors LLP has the expertise in road traffic accident claims and experience to ensure you are fully compensated for your injuries and losses. This could include:

  • Full compensation for your injuries, including the effect the injuries had on your life and on your family.
  • The earnings or income you lost whilst unable to work.
  • Any medical expenses (e.g. prescription charges, rehabilitation).
  • Any travel costs (e.g. attending rehabilitation, medical appointments etc).

If you have been injured in an accident whilst riding a motorcycle or whilst travelling as a pillion passenger, contact TRUE Solicitors LLP now on 0344 854 7000 for free, impartial advice on road traffic accident claims.  Alternatively, you can email us at info@true.co.uk

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Bicycle Accidents

TRUE Solicitors LLP have been acting for injured cyclists for over 20 years and as a consequence have amassed a wealth of experience and expertise in this area of road traffic accident claims.

Common types of bicycle accidents

We have seen almost every kind of cycle accident (see our TRUE Cycling Statistics ) and we have recovered compensation for clients who have suffered a range of injuries from minor cuts, bruises and whiplash, to fractured bones, ligament and tendon damage, and head injuries.

Almost 60% of the cyclists we represent were injured as a result of an accident at a junction, with a further 10% being injured as a result of being hit from behind by a passing car. The primary cause of these accidents is driver error, or more precisely, where the driver has failed to see the cyclist.

Car doors being opened into the path of passing cyclists account for 1 in 25 cycle accidents, but the resulting injuries are far more serious with 38% of cyclists suffering broken bones compared to 25% across all other accident types.

We also see a surprisingly high number of ‘hit and run’ accidents involving cyclists, where the vehicle driver, either knowingly or because they were unaware they had caused an accident, failed to stop. Many cyclists don’t realise that they can claim compensation even where the motorist failed to stop and they did not obtain the vehicle registration number.

What am I eligible to claim for if I’ve been involved in a bicycle accident?

If you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident that wasn’t your fault the effects can be devastating. You may have suffered serious to life threatening injuries and substantial financial losses due to being unable to work due to the injuries sustained. The typical types of compensation and damages that you may be able to claim for include:

Personal physical injuries: Injuries incurred as a result of the cycling accident including broken bones, fractures, head and spinal injuries, trauma to internal organs and eye damage.

Psychological damage: You may have suffered psychological damage as a result of the accident that you were involved in. Your may be able to claim compensation for this as long as we can prove that this is a direct result of the accident.

Financial Loss: If the cycling accident has left you unable to work due to the effects of your injuries, you may only be entitled to statutory sick pay which may not cover your monthly outgoings. We may be able to obtain financial compensation for you to recover any financial losses resulting from the accident.

Damages to bike: You may be able to claim back the costs of repairing or replacing your bike that was damaged in the accident.

Property damage: We may also be able to obtain compensation for you to recover the costs of any other damages that were caused to your personal property, resulting from the accident. This may involve items such as your mobile phone, laptop, clothing, shoes, helmet and watch or jewellery.

Travel Costs: Should you incur additional travel costs as a result of not being able to use your bicycle as your usual means of transport, we may be able to obtain compensation for you. If you need to use public transport or taxis to get to work or hospital appointments it is vital that you keep receipts as proof of purchase.

No two road traffic accident claims are the same, however TRUE Solicitors has a long record of winning compensation for clients – even in cases  that have been rejected by other solicitors. Click here to read about some of our client’s stories.

At TRUE Solicitors LLP we have a team of lawyers who are experienced in dealing with all types of road traffic accident claims.

So if you have been injured whilst riding a bike, contact us now on 0344 854 7000 for free, impartial advice on road traffic accident claims. Alternatively, you can email us at info@true.co.uk

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Pedestrian Accidents

If you have been knocked down whilst walking on a footpath, crossing a road, or on a pedestrian crossing, then you may want to pursue a road traffic accident claim.

Am I entitled to compensation if I am a pedestrian involved in a road traffic accident?

Your entitlement to compensation will depend upon who caused the accident, however establishing who was at fault after an accident involving a pedestrian is not always straightforward. In some road traffic accident claims, it is obvious who is to blame, for example where a pedestrian is run down on a crossing, hit by a speeding car, or hit by a drunk driver. However in other cases, such as where a pedestrian steps out into the path of a car, it is far from clear cut.

In these types of road traffic accident claims, pedestrians are frequently made to feel like the accident was their fault, but this is often not the case. This is because motorists are required by law to take all reasonable care to ensure the manner of their driving does not endanger other road users and this includes anticipating that pedestrians, particularly children, may step into the road.

The law recognises that vehicles are potentially dangerous weapons and so it requires that drivers take extra care particularly if they are driving near pedestrians. Even where the main cause of an accident is a pedestrian stepping out into the road without looking, compensation can still be paid where the standard of driving is found to have partly caused or contributed the accident or the severity of the injuries.

At TRUE Solicitors LLP, we are experienced in handling compensation cases for road traffic accident claims for all types of pedestrian incidents.

For professional, friendly and confidential advice after an accident, contact us now on 0344 854 7000.  Alternatively, you can email us at info@true.co.uk. 

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Uninsured Driver Accidents

If the driver of the vehicle that caused your injuries was uninsured or left the scene of the accident without giving their details, you may still be able to make a road traffic accident claim.

Can I claim compensation if I am involved in an accident with an uninsured driver?

The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) was established for the sole purpose of ensuring that the innocent victims of road accidents are compensated if they are involved in a collision with a negligent uninsured or untraceable driver.

A claim against the MIB is similar to a claim against the insurance company of an insured driver in that compensation will only be paid where the other driver was at fault for the accident and, only then, where your injuries and losses are supported by evidence.

The main difference with claims against the MIB is that in order to receive compensation you must comply strictly with the MIB’s rules. For example, the MIB can refuse to pay you compensation if you have not reported the accident to the police.  After an accident the other driver must give you their insurance details by law. If they refuse, or say they are uninsured, you must report it to the police and get a crime reference number to support your road traffic accident claim.

Reporting an accident involving an uninsured driver

You must also report the accident to the police where the other driver is untraced, either because it was a ‘hit and run’ accident, or because the other driver provided false information e.g. wrong address, incorrect insurance details. Failure to do so will jeopardise your claim.

Claims against the MIB

Claims against the MIB can be complex and generally take longer than claims against an insurance company. The MIB won’t pay any compensation until they have thoroughly investigated your claim and this can include obtaining a statement from the uninsured driver, and obtaining a police report. Furthermore, if court proceedings are necessary the correct procedure must be followed otherwise your claim could be rejected.

Why should I use a lawyer to pursue my claim?

TRUE Solicitors LLP have a department that specialises in handling road traffic accident claims against the MIB and have a wealth of experience dealing with these types of claims. We will help to take the stress out of the claims process giving you the best advice and access to damage repairs, medical treatment and financial compensation.

For a free, no obligation initial assessment contact us now on 0344 854 7000.  Alternatively, you can email us at info@true.co.uk

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Our Process

1

Submit Your claim – we will establish who was at fault and submit a claim on your behalf.

2

Gather the Evidence and Arrange Treatment – we will collect all of the evidence needed to prove your claim, arrange a medical examination for you, and if appropriate arrange treatment to assist with your recovery.

3

Win Your Claim – we will fight hard on your behalf to recover maximum compensation in the shortest time.

How long will my claim take?

The length of any road traffic accident claim depends on whether the other party admits fault, the severity of the injury and the extent of the claim for losses and expenses. Straightforward road traffic accident claims may settle within a few months, whereas complex cases may take in excess of a year.

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Steve McCourt

Personal Injury Solicitor (Road Traffic Accidents)

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