Motorway Accident Claims
Our free accident claims guide is to help motorcyclists claim compensation for an accident or injury that wasn’t their fault. Our solicitors are here 7 days a week offering free legal advice.
Road traffic accidents are some of the most common accidents in the UK, and motorway accidents can be some of the most serious of those. In a motorway accident, you are likely to be travelling at high speed, meaning that the injuries you sustain are likely to be that much more severe. These injuries can be painful and difficult to deal with, but they can also lead to a period of financial hardship.
We don’t think that you should have to lose out financially if you are in a motorway accident that wasn’t your fault. If you’ve been injured on the motorway, whether as a driver or passenger, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.
Who Would I Make A Motorway Accident Claim Against?
When making a compensation claim for a personal injury, such as those sustained as a result of being in a motorway accident, you would be claiming against the person who was responsible for the accident. This could be:
The person driving the other vehicle. This could be, for example, if the other driver were to drive into the back of the vehicle you were travelling in. In this example, the blame would fairly obviously lie with the driver of the other car and it is likely that their insurance company would quickly accept liability (this is the legal term for accepting that someone is at fault).
The driver of the car you were travelling in. If you were a passenger at the time of your motorway accident, you may be able to claim against the driver of the car or other vehicle. This can feel very difficult, as the person you are saying was at fault in the accident may well have been a friend or family member. It is important to remember that all drivers are required to have insurance to cover any injuries they may cause to others, meaning that you are not asking your friend or family member to make this payment out of their own pocket.
The council or Highways England. If the condition of the road, for example the presence of unrepaired potholes, was a central cause of your motorway accident, you may be able to make a claim against the organisation responsible for the upkeep of the road. In most cases, this will be the local council but some motorways may be under the control of Highways England or even owned by private companies.
With so many people potentially responsible for your accident or injury, it can be complicated to make a firm legal claim against any one of them. Each party may attempt to pass the blame to one of the others, which is understandable but does not help you to get the compensation you need to get your life back on track. This is where our team of expert personal injury solicitors come in. Our years of experience mean that we are able to cut through excuses and justifications and make sure that we have the evidence required to place the blame exactly where it belongs. If you think you might be able to make a compensation claim for personal injury sustained in a motorway accident, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our motorway accident claims form and we will call you back. Our team will make sure that we understand the details of your case and will give you an honest, unbiased assessment of the likelihood of you winning your case and of how much compensation you are likely to receive.
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Common Motorway Accident Injuries
- Whiplash. This is an injury to the muscles of your neck, caused by your head moving faster than the rest of your body. Symptoms include neck pain, headaches, difficulty moving or turning your head and pain in your shoulders and even your arms. It is very common following motorway accidents and is often a part of any road traffic accident claim.
- Head injuries. Many types of head injury can happen following a car accident. A concussion occurs when the head moves so fast that the brain ‘bounces’ against the inside of the skull. Concussions can be mild, with just a slight headache, or very serious. They can require time off work and, in rare cases, lead to lasting issues. Contusions are bruises on the brain and haematoma is bleeding in the brain. These are all usually treatable, but can be very painful and debilitating. If you have had a head injury following your motorway accident, it can be important to make a claim to allow you to be compensated for time you have had to take off work, as well as the pain you have experienced.
- Chest injuries. Seat belts have done much to increase safety for those involved in a car accident on the motorway. While they have reduced the number of serious head injuries and fatalities, they can lead to some chest injuries which can be both painful and slow to heal. These can sometimes be very serious, including broken bones or punctured lungs.
- Spinal injuries. In addition to whiplash, mentioned above, there are a wide range of other spinal injuries that can occur as a result of being involved in a motorway accident. These can include disk herniation or spinal fracture. These injuries can be serious, requiring extensive time off from work and rehabilitation. These can lead to significant financial difficulties that it is important you are compensated for.
- Abrasions. Abrasions are cuts or scratches to the skin. Whilst these sound like minor injuries, and many are, there is the risk of serious abrasions should you be thrown from the car as a consequence of your motorway accident. Additionally, any items kept within the car might be thrown around during the course of the accident, causing all manner of cuts and bruises.
- Crush injuries to limbs. In very serious car accidents, either the driver or the passenger (or both) may be trapped within the vehicle or suffer a crush injury as the structure of the car which is designed to protect you can sometimes fold in upon you. Crush injuries are extremely serious and can be life threatening if not treated properly by expert medical staff.
- Amputation. While exceptionally rare, car injuries are one of the most common causes of amputation in the UK. Amputation is where all or part of a limb is either removed during the course of an accident (this is known as traumatic amputation) or where it must be removed by doctors in an operating theatre during your recovery as it cannot be repaired and may pose a risk to your health. Amputation of part or all of a limb is extremely serious and a deeply distressing situation that requires a lot of work to adapt to. The compensation payments you receive for being in a motorway accident and making a personal injury claim can go some way towards making it easier to get your life back on track following your accident or injury.
What Is The Process Of Making A Motorway Accident Claim?
Making a compensation claim for your motorway accident follows the same pattern as making any personal injury compensation claim. Once you have signed a no win no fee agreement with us, we are able to act on your behalf. This means that we can:
Notify the person responsible for your motorway accident and their insurance company that you are making a motorway accident compensation claim following your injury.
Ask your them to accept liability for your accident or injury. This is the legal term for them accepting the blame for what happened and is the basis of your motorway accident compensation claim.
Negotiate on your behalf to agree the compensation amount once liability has been agreed. It is important to know that, although we conduct these negotiations for you, we are doing them on your behalf and you remain in control at all times. We will let you know each time the other side makes an offer of compensation, even if our advice is going to be that you should refuse it. We will give you our expert opinion based on our years of experience working on motorway accident compensation claims as to whether the offer of compensation is fair or not. Although we will give you our advice and recommendations, the final decision is, and will always be, yours as to whether to accept or reject any offer of compensation.
How Much Compensation Am I Likely To Receive?
Every compensation claim is unique, as it reflects the exact details of your personal situation. It is impossible to give an exact figure, as this will almost always be dependent on the outcome of negotiations. It is possible to give a guideline figure, however, based on a number of factors.
All compensation claims for personal injury are made up of two parts. The first is based on the specifics of your injury. The level of compensation payable as a result of different injuries is set nationally by the Judicial College. They give a broad range of values for compensation amounts for each injury, reflecting the fact that some broken legs (for example) are worse than others. Our expert team of motorway accident claims team have years of experience in interpreting these guidelines and will be able to give you a much more accurate estimate than a simple online calculator.
The second part of the compensation due to you following your motorway accident claim is more variable, as it is based on any costs and expenses you may have incurred as a result of your accident and injury. This would include having to make modifications to your home, increases in transportation costs or any expenses associated with reducing your recovery time such as physiotherapy. Our motorway accident claims team are highly experienced in making sure that we understand the full impact that your motorway accident has had on your life and ensuring that we include everything that you are entitled to in your motorway accident claim. This money is designed to help you get back on your feet after your motorway accident and we want to give you the best possible chance to get your life back to how it was.
Is It Expensive To Make Motorway Accident Claims?
At Claim Justice, we also don’t believe that you should be prevented from getting the compensation you deserve by high legal fees. This is why we offer our services on a no win no fee basis to the majority of our clients. A no win no fee agreement means that you will not have to pay anything at all to begin your motorway accident claim. As soon as you have signed the agreement, we are able to act on your behalf. You will only pay for our services once you receive the compensation you deserve. If we are unable to get justice for you following your motorway accident, you won’t have to pay anything. Many clients also worry that the legal fees they might incur could be higher than the amount of compensation they might receive. We will discuss our fees with you before starting any work, and we only take a percentage of the final payment you receive. This means that you can rest assured that you won’t ever be left worse off for trying to get the compensation you deserve.