Archive for the ‘Road Traffic Accident Claims’ Category

Car Shunted Into Vehicle In Front: Whiplash Claim Settlement Amount?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

UK road traffic accident solicitor sets out how to determine the amount of compensation you can claim if you are hit from behind by a car pushing your vehicle into the car in front causing whiplash injuries requiring physiotherapy

Car accident victim question

I was stopped in queue of traffic at a set of traffic lights close to Bognor Regis – having driven to Bognor from London when my car was hit from behind.

The force of the car hitting me shunted my car into the vehicle in front. My car was written off.

The police attended and an ambulance was called. The driver who hit me was found to be drunk.

At hospital I was diagnosed with whiplash to my neck and shoulders.

This occurred 1 month ago and I am still attending physiotherapy for my whiplash. I have been offered a sum of money for my compensation. I do not feel that this is adequate and was wondering if you could advise?

Road traffic accident solicitor response

If you have a solicitor already acting you should be properly advised about the amount of compensation you are entitled to claim. This should be based on medical evidence from an independent medical expert properly instructed by your solicitor.

If you do not have a solicitor acting – it is essential that you use a specialist RTA lawyer to make your claim. A solicitor will compile all the evidence necessary to obtain the maximum amount of compensation on your behalf.

This will include medical evidence with an accurate prognosis, setting out any problems you might have from your whiplash into the future will be detailed and if necessary a scan of your neck will be made to ensure that you have not cracked any vertebrae.

In addition – you solicitor will obtain evidence to support any financial losses you have incurred, which might include lost income, medical expenses, help in the home and of course the value of your vehicle.

I note that your accident occurred only one month months ago and as such I believe it is a little too early to settle your claim, especially if you are having significant ongoing symptoms of whiplash requiring physiotherapy. This is because it is difficult for a medical expert to give an accurate prognosis, so soon after an accident.

To see examples of the amounts of whiplash settlements click whiplash compensation settlement amounts.

To speak to me direct about your accident or to start a your whiplash claim online with a specialist RTA solicitor click car accident whiplash compensation claim

M25 Motorway Accident Claim: Rubbernecking Causes Van / Car Collision

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

UK road traffic accident solicitor explains how road accidents are caused by rubbernecking causing driver distraction whilst attempting to view accident scenes whether on motorways or other roads

Motorway accident victim question

I was driving my car on the M25 / the ring road around London when I approached a junction and went in to a slip road. Travelling up the slip road approaching a set of traffic lights I noticed a RTA had occurred up ahead between a lorry and a transit van.

I slowed my car to a stop and had waited for approximately 30 seconds when suddenly my car was thrown forward with great force. My wife, who was a front seat passenger, and I got out of the vehicle and noticed that a transit van had collided with the rear of our car.

The van driver was unable to give an explanation for the collision, but it appears to me that the driver was rubbernecking / attempting to see the accident which had occurred and therefore had not noticed vehicles which had stopped in front of him.

As the police were already on scene for the other RTA – I approached them and an ambulance was called. My work colleague and I were taken to hospital where I was diagnosed with severe whiplash to the neck and shoulders and a broken bone in my right hand. My wife was diagnosed with whiplash and a broken knee cap. The knee cap injury was due to her knee being smashed into the car dash board.

Can we claim compensation for a motorway accident caused by rubbernecking?

Road traffic accident solicitor response

You are entitled to claim compensation from the transit van driver or, if it was a works vehicle and being driven in the course of employment, the driver’s employer.

Your M25 motorway accident claim can be made whether the accident was caused by rubbernecking or from some other lapse of concentration, such as an RTA caused by the distraction from the use of a mobile phone. In any event the driver collided with the rear of your vehicle when you were properly stopped given the road accident between the lorry and van ahead.

Both you and your wife appear to have had significant injury, which is consistent with the force produced by a transit van colliding with your car.

I believe a successful claim could be made for all of the injuries, including severe whiplash, a broken bone in the hand and a broken kneecap / patella.

An orthopaedic expert medical report will be obtained by a specialist solicitor on your behalf setting out all of your injuries and that of your wife. Based upon the medical report your solicitor will be able to value how much compensation you are entitled to claim for your respective injuries. In addition compensation for your damaged vehicle, lost income, medical expenses and any other financial costs caused as a direct result of the accident in London can be claimed.

Should you and your colleague wish to proceed with a claim for severe whiplash, a broken bone in the hand and a broken knee cap /patella click rubbernecking motorway accident claim solicitor.

Minicab Passenger Whiplash Claim: Taxi Head On Collision In London

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

UK road traffic accident solicitor explains how to claim compensation if you are a passenger in a minicab or taxi involved in a road traffic accident and you suffer injury – such as whiplash, lower back injury, chest injuries and shoulder problems
Minicab accident victim question

Minicab passenger whiplash victim question

I was in a minicab in London when the driver was involved in a head on collision with a vehicle coming in the opposite direction. I believe it was the driver of the minicab who was at fault as he turned down a one way street travelling in the wrong direction – this lead to the head on collision.
The police attended at the scene and an ambulance was called and I was taken to hospital. I later learned that the driver of the taxi accepted liability at the scene and this was recorded by the police.

I was taken to hospital where I was diagnosed with various injuries – including whiplash to my neck and shoulders, lower back pain and chest injuries from the seat belt.

I wish to claim compensation for my injuries and my financial losses, as I was unable to work for a week following the accident and I needed friends and family to help me in the home with everyday tasks.

Road Traffic Accident Solicitor Response

It was clear that the minicab driver was at fault for the accident – he was travelling in the incorrect direction on a one way street and accepted liability at the scene.

Your claim as a passenger would therefore be against the minicab driver and / or his employers and in turn the motor vehicle insurers
A specialist road traffic accident solicitor is necessary to assist you with this claim to ensure you receive the correct amount of compensation for all of the injuries you have described including whiplash to your neck and shoulders, lower back pain and chest injuries.

All financial losses as a direct result of the RTA can also be claimed – some of which you have described, including lost income and a claim for ‘assistance in the home’. In addition you are likely to have suffered other financial losses including medical expenses – such as pain killers and travel expenses to the hospital and GP for treatment.

A head on collision can cause significant injury, so it will be necessary to have an independent orthopaedic consultant examine you to set out all of your injuries and to ensure that any long term problems are considered and fully described by that medical expert.

Should you wish to proceed with a minicab passenger injury claim or speak to me in person about your accident click minicab / taxi whiplash claim solicitor.