Road Traffic Accident Claims

Involved in a crash? Tilly Bailey & Irvine's North East Solicitors in Hartlepool, Wynyard, Stockton-on-tees and Barnard Castle have the specialist knowledge and experience to support your road traffic accident claim (RTA).

You may be entitled to a Road Traffic Accident Compensation Claim if you have been injured in a road traffic accident (RTA) over the last three years.

NO WIN NO FEE: To find out more, please contact us on 0333 323 2714 or fill in our contact form.

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Whether you were the driver or a passenger; a pedestrian or cyclist struck by a vehicle; in a car, van or motorcycle, you could place a road traffic accident claim for damages if the accident wasn’t your fault.

From whiplash claims to the more sensitive cases where the accident has been fatal, our service is wholly dedicated to quality representation and client care, always focusing on achieving justice for the victims’ families.

To find out more, please contact us on 0333 444 4422 or fill in our contact form.

At Tilly Bailey & Irvine, our road traffic accident solicitors are part of a full-service, award-winning law firm.  Our personal injury team is led by John Hall.  As well as having years of experience running road traffic accident claims cases, John is a panel member of Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and a Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

John and his team are dedicated to providing quality, compassionate, knowledgeable service to all our clients.  They will ensure you never be made to feel like ‘just another client’ when you work with them.  You can be confident that you will receive a high standard of client care, which includes your emails and phone calls being returned promptly and being kept fully up to date with the progress of your claim.

What to do if you are in a car accident

If you are involved in a car accident, your first priority should be the health and safety of you and your passengers.  By taking the following steps, you can improve your chances of claiming compensation and ensure your insurance claim runs smoothly:

  1.  If anyone is injured, call an ambulance.
  2. Do not apologise for the accident or accept any blame.
  3. Exchange details with the drivers of any other vehicles involved and witnesses to the accident.
  4. Record any details of the crash, including the time and date, the road conditions, the circumstances of the event, damage to the vehicles and a description of any injuries.  Take photos on your mobile phone if possible.

Download our Glove Box Guide, with easy to follow steps on how to log important information when involved in a road traffic accident.

What type of injuries can I claim for in a road traffic accident?

Being involved in a car crash can cause injuries ranging from minor to catastrophic.  They include:

  • whiplash
  • head and brain injuries
  • spine damage
  • broken bones
  • severe organ damage and internal bleeding

If you or a loved one have suffered from a car crash injury, you may be able to claim compensation.  We will swiftly be able to inform you of your chances of successfully making a claim and the amount of compensation you are likely to receive.

Can you claim for a car accident that was your fault?

If you have received an injury, such as whiplash, after being involved in a car accident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation.

To qualify for compensation, you will need to prove that the driver of the other vehicle, (or vehicle, if you are an injured pedestrian or cyclist), was negligent.  For example, they may have been using their mobile phone when driving, not driving in accordance with the weather or conditions at the time of the accident or they may have been travelling too close to you and rear-shunted your vehicle.

Even if your accident was caused by an uninsured driver or the driver cannot be traced, you could still make a claim via the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).  These claims can sometimes be more complex, so you’ll need a legal expert with specific experience and an excellent track record in this area; which is exactly what we offer.

How much can you get for a whiplash claim?

Compensation is awarded to enable you to get you back to the same position you were in before an accident.  The courts typically make a financial award dependent on the severity of the whiplash injury, and an amount to cover any out of pocket expenses.

The amount of general damages given for personal injury claims is set by Judicial Studies Board (JSB) guidelines. Special damages quantities are made up of expenses such as

  • Travel expenses
  • Hospital visits and parking
  • Loss of earnings or bonus
  • Rehabilitation cost and prescriptions
  • Additional household costs
  • Help or care while you are recovering

Compensation amounts for minor whiplash range from £1,000 to £2,750.  However, in serious cases, where the victim’s life is severely impacted due to permanent neck and spinal damage sums in excess of £100,000 may be awarded.

What is the road traffic accident claims process?

To claim compensation for a road traffic accident, the first step is to contact our solicitors.  We will evaluate the circumstances of your accident and the injuries you received and decide whether you have a chance of making a successful claim.

If a compensation claim for a car accident exists, we can offer a no win, no fee arrangement.  This means that if we are not successful in getting compensation for your road traffic accident injury, you will not pay any legal fees.

Even if you are unsure whether a claim for compensation exists, if you have been involved in a road traffic accident, come and see us.  We can quickly establish if you have a right to make a claim and will advise, represent and support you fully through the process.

To find out more about how we can advise you regarding a claim following a road traffic accident, please call us on 0333 444 4422 to talk to one of our solicitors

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