Road Traffic Accidents

Road Traffic Accidents

Road traffic accidents are unfortunately very common. Innocent drivers, passengers and other road users can be caught up in a collision or incident that is not their fault and left to face some distressing consequences.  

If you are involved in a road traffic accident, it can have both short and long-term effects on your health and on your finances. You may not only be at risk of losing earnings from being unable to work you may also have to pay money out to aid your recovery. For example, you may require physiotherapy but by having to wait for NHS treatment your recovery could be delayed.  

You could have grounds for a personal injury compensation claim if the road accident was not your fault.  In Scotland you can make a claim at any point within three years of the accident, although it is advisable to start your claim at an early stage to make sure there is time to fully prepare your claim and thereafter negotiate a settlement.

At the time of a road accident, if possible, try to obtain as much information about the responsible party as you can, including their name and address together with their vehicle and insurance details. It can also be helpful to note down the names and contact details of any witnesses who can confirm the accident circumstances. Photographs taken at the scene can also be helpful in showing any vehicle or property damage and the road position of any vehicles involved.

How can Thorntons help?

Thorntons' specialist team of Personal Injury Lawyers will be able to guide you through the personal injury claims process to secure you compensation for any injury sustained as well as for other losses such as wage loss and inconvenience.

We can help to secure you private rehabilitation and therapy at an early stage to ensure that you are soon on the road to recovery. You should keep a note of all costs incurred during your claim, such as travel expenses and treatment costs and we will look to recover these costs from the responsible party and their insurer.

Claims in Scotland are progressed under the Pre-Action Protocol between Solicitors and Insurance Companies, which provides timescales for the progression of a personal injury claim. Under the Protocol, we will enter into negotiations with the responsible party and their insurer at an early stage where we can. We will try to settle your claim out of court where possible as we know that many people find the prospect of raising a court action daunting. If it does need to go to court, we clearly explain all your options and the court system to you and support you through the process.

Our Personal Injury Solicitors will work for you on a no win, no fee basis to secure you the amount of compensation you are entitled to. This means that you have nothing to lose by making a claim for personal injury as you will not have to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful.

You can start your claim today by calling us free on 0800 731 8434 or complete our enquiry form. We will talk through your situation, answer any questions you may have and advise you if you can make a road traffic accident claim. Our discussion will be confidential and you are under no obligation to make a claim. You can also take a look at our Claims Calculator to find out how much compensation you may be entitled to.

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