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Road Traffic Injury Claims: Road Traffic Collisions

Major Trauma Group provides an overview on road traffic injury claims, including the causes of road traffic collisions and the process of making a claim.

Road traffic collisions (RTCs) can cause serious consequences to the parties involved. Injuries sustained in RTCs can causelong-term pain and suffering and have direct financial impacts on victim’s lives. Unfortunately, many RTCs occur on our roads every day. In worst-case scenarios, they can cost people their lives.

Our panel of experienced personal injury lawyers are specialists in road traffic injury claims, assisting clients through the complex legal process to ensure they have the best chance of receiving a fair amount of compensation for their injuries.

If you have been involved in a traffic collision that was not your fault, then you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Please get in touch with our team at Major Trauma Group today to discuss how we may be able to assist you in your claim for compensation.

Types of Road Traffic Injury Claims

Road traffic accidents and incidents can be a traumatic experience, both physically and emotionally. If you’ve been injured in a road accident or collision, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Some common types of road traffic injury claims include:

  • Car collision claims: When a driver’s negligence or recklessness causes a collision, the injured party may file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance.
  • Passenger claims: If you were a passenger in a car that was involved in an accident, you could make a claim. A claim may be made against the driver of the car you were in, or against the driver of the other vehicle involved in the incident.
  • Motorcycle collision claims: Motorcyclists may file claims for injuries resulting from accidents caused by other drivers. Motorcycle accidents often result in severe injuries.
  • Pedestrian injury claims: Pedestrians who are hit by a vehicle may file claims against the driver’s insurance. Pedestrian incidents can result in significant injuries, and the driver’s liability is often clear-cut.
  • Bicycle collision claims: Cyclists involved in collisions with motor vehicles may file claims against the driver’s insurance. Bicycle accident claims may involve complex issues related to shared road use.
  • Public transport collisions: Passengers on buses, trains, or other forms of public transportation who are injured in road traffic collisions may file claims against the transportation company or the party responsible for the accident.
  • Hit and run claims: In cases where the at-fault driver leaves the scene of the incident, the injured party may still be able to make a claim through their own insurance or the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB).
  • Road defect claims: In some cases, road conditions or defects may contribute to an accident. In such situations, a claim may be filed against the entity responsible for maintaining the road.

The road traffic accident solicitors in our network can assist victims of road traffic collisions, whether they are the driver of a vehicle, a passenger, a motorcyclist

or a hit and run victim. Please get in touch with us today to find out more.

Common road traffic collision injuries

Road traffic collisions can result in a wide range of injuries, varying in severity depending on factors such as the speed of the vehicles involved, the use of safety measures (such as seat belts and airbags), and the types of vehicles.

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Tissue Injuries:

  • Sprains and strains: These are tears or overstretching of muscles, ligaments, or tendons. They can occur in any part of the body but are particularly common in the neck, back, and knees.
  • Bruising: This is caused by blood vessels under the skin bursting due to impact. While usually harmless and a minor injury, severe bruising can indicate internal injuries.

Bone Fractures:

  • Broken legs: These are some of the most common fractures from car accidents, particularly around the ankles and knees.
  • Wrist and arm fractures: These are often caused by bracing oneself against impact or airbag deployment.
  • Pelvis fractures: These are serious injuries that can require extensive surgery and long-term recovery.

Head and Facial Injuries:

  • Cuts and lacerations: These can range from minor scratches to deep wounds requiring stitches.
  • Facial bone fractures: Broken jaw, nose, or cheekbones are relatively common in collisions.
  • Concussions:These are mild brain injuries caused by a bump or blow to the head. Symptoms can include headache, dizziness, and nausea.
  • More serious brain injuries: In severe crashes, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can occur, causing lifelong disabilities.

Internal Injuries:

  • Organ damage: Lungs, spleen, liver, and kidneys are at risk of injury in high-impact collisions.
  • Internal bleeding: This can be a life-threatening complication following any internal injury.

Psychological Injuries:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Mental health problems such as PTSD can develop after experiencing a traumatic event like a car accident. Symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety.

It’s important to remember that this is not an exhaustive list, and any type of injury is possible in a road traffic collision. Seeking immediate medical attention is crucial following any accident, regardless of the perceived severity of your injuries.

What should you do if you have been involved in an RTC?

The aftermath of a road traffic collision can be a confusing and stressful time. It’s important to stay calm and take the following steps to ensure your safety and well-being.

Immediately check yourself and any passengers for any injuries, no matter how minor they seem. Even if you don’t feel any immediate pain, it is essential to get checked out by a doctor after an accident.

Some injuries, like a traumatic brain injury, may not have symptoms for several hours or days. If anyone is seriously injured, you should seek medical attention straight away.

You should also attempt to exchange contact information with all other drivers involved in the collision. This may include names, addresses, phone numbers, and insurance company details, as well as any witnesses.

It can also be helpful to take photos of the scene of the accident, including the damage to all vehicles involved, injuries, and any other relevant details that may help your case. Keep hold of any other evidence that may be of use if you decide to make a claim, such as dash cam footage.

Report the accident to the police so an official legal record of the incident is made. You should also report the incident to your insurance along with all the evidence and information you have gathered.

Remember, the most important thing is to stay calm and take care of yourself and anyone else who may be injured. By following these steps, you can help ensure your safety and well-being after a road traffic collision.

In the vast majority of no win, no fee road injury claims you have three years from the date of the incident to make a claim for compensation, unless the victim was under the age of 18 years old, in which case they have until their 21st birthday to bring a claim.

It’s essential to contact an experienced solicitor as soon as possible to ensure you make your claim under the correct time limits.

What if you have been in a collision with an uninsured driver?

Being involved in a collision with an uninsured or untraceable driver can be a frustrating and complex situation, but it is essential to know that you are still able to make a road traffic injury claim. However, the claims process may take longer than usual as your claim will need to be submitted to theMotor Insurance Bureau (MIB).

Our member firms are highly experienced in making these types of personal injury claims when a serious life changing injury is involved and work tirelessly to ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve.

Rehabilitation therapies and support

As part of your road traffic accident claim, our personal injury lawyers can advocate on your behalf forspecialist rehabilitation therapies and support to be included in your settlement from the at-fault party (or their insurer). Rehabilitation and support comes in many forms, from physical therapy, hydrotherapy and occupational therapy, to name but a few.

Our member firms at Major Trauma Group are passionate about the benefits of prompt and specialist therapies for RTC victims. This can promote more successful healing from your injuries, allowing you to get back to your normal everyday activities as soon as possible.

How Major Trauma Group can help with road traffic injury claims

Major Trauma Group maintains a network of solicitor members throughout the UK who are specialists in assisting victims with serious and life changing road traffic injury claims following an RTC. Their experience and expertise in dealing with complex injuries involves a focus on specialist rehabilitation at the earliest possible opportunity, providing the injured road user with the best possible outcome.

If you have been involved in a road traffic collision, and suffered serious or life changing injuries, and would like a free, no obligation chat with a specialist serious injury solicitor, contact us via telephone at 0330 311 2578 or email hello@majortraumagroup.co.uk.

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