Road accidents

There have been considerable steps taken to improve the safety of roads in the UK. These include the introduction of speed cameras, improved signage, road repairs and safety features in cars, e.g. airbags.

But in spite of these measures accidents still happen. They affect a wide range of road users which includes motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and anyone using public transport e.g. buses.

Human error still accounts for a great many accidents.

It is easy to become distracted by something or to take your eye off the road but if you do then the consequences can be devastating.

This section of this guide looks at claims for road accidents which include:

These are all types of accidents which sadly, all too often occur on our roads.

Plus some road users are more vulnerable than others. Pedestrians and cyclists are especially vulnerable and are often involved in a number of accidents, many of which are not their fault.

If you are involved in a road accident then you may suffer only a mild injury but many other people are seriously injured which can result in a lifelong disability.

These people will require specialist care and support for the rest of their lives which only adds to the distress experienced by their families.

This is where compensation can help. It can be used to cover the costs of nursing care, additional support, e.g. physiotherapy and any other related expenses.

It cannot undo the damage caused or restore someone to their previous state of health but it can lessen the impact, for example cover the costs of 24 hour care.

A compensation payout can make a difference.

Find a personal injury lawyer, solicitor or a claims assessment company (often trading as a claims management business) who has experience of road traffic claims.

They will have handled many of these claims and so will have a greater understanding of the complex issues involved. They will be able to advise you about the claims process and should handle your case with tact and sensitivity.

The claims process is discussed in detail within this guide. Find out more in our making a claim for compensation section.

Find out more about road traffic claims in this section.

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