road traffic accident compensation claim process

Road Traffic Accident Personal Injury Compensation Claims Process Guide

Our road traffic accident guide sets out all our articles explaining how to claim compensation for injury as a result of collision with a motor vehicle – whether that involves more than one vehicle or you are a pedestrian or cyclist.

All our articles are written in plain English and answer the typical questions that you will have about making a claim for personal injury compensation as a result of road accident.

How To Use Our Road Traffic Accident Compensation Guide

We use headings to describe the stages of the road traffic collision claims process and group related articles together; each article ends with a link to the next article we recommend allowing you to follow the RTA claims procedure in sequence.

At anytime – if you find you wish to ask an online question or speak to one of our solicitors in person for some free help – simply click specialist road injury solicitor free help.

If you have just been injured in an accident on a road or from someone’s use of a motorised vehicle – we recommend you follow each heading in order in this article. You will be taken through everything you need to know to make a claim for compensation.

We start by explaining what you must do immediately following your road accident and end with setting out how to fund your solicitor using a no win no fee or motor insurance legal protection.

If you are already involved in claiming compensation – we suggest you use our headings to select the article that might best assist.

What You Should Do Following A Road Traffic Accident

Immediate steps following a road accident

Find out the practical steps you should take immediately following a RTA to ensure you receive the correct medical treatment for your injuries, your motor insurer has been informed of your accident and you have as much evidence as possible to support your compensation claim.

Evidence to prove how your road accident occurred

The information you can rely on to prove how your road traffic accident happened, so you can win your RTA compensation claim. We use the example of a motorcycle accident to illustrate evidence that can be used to help support your claim for personal injury compensation.

Details that should be exchanged at a motor accident scene

A legal obligation exists to provide certain details at the scene of a road accident where injury occurs or there is vehicle / property damage. Discover what details must be exchanged, who is entitled to receive those details and the criminal offences that can occur when information is not properly provided.

Report the accident to your motor insurer

Find out why it is essential to report your road accident as quickly as possible to your motor insurer. This includes whether you wish to settle your vehicle damage and personal injury claim direct with the driver at fault or his/her motor insurers.

Showing Driver Fault In The Eyes Of The Law

Car accident claims

Discover the step by step process to show a driver is legally responsible to meet your car accident claim for compensation

Motorcycle accident compensation claims

How to decide who is responsible for a motorcycle accident claim, includes contributory negligence and 50:50 claims. Examples of common motorbike accidents with an explanation of who is legally at fault for each.

Common motorbike accidents – with a description of who is at fault for each. Includes how your compensation can be reduced.

motorbike road traffic accident
Motorbike Road Traffic Accident

Specific Types Of Accident Victim

Bicycle Injury Claims

Find out the different types of accidents involving bicycles – how you can claim and when your compensation can be reduced.

Highway Code For Cyclist Accidents

See the relevant sections of the Highway Code for bicycle accidents and the laws used to establish who is at fault for your cyclist accident.

Passenger Injury Claims

When passengers can claim compensation in many different situations and how compensation can be reduced for contributory negligence.

Making Your UK Road Traffic Accident Claim

Starting a motor vehicle accident claim

Find out how to claim compensation for a UK road accident and how long you have to start your claim before it is too late in the eyes of the law.

Motor vehicle insurance

Discover all about UK motor vehicle insurance. We use the example of car accident insurance to show why motor vehicle insurance pays your compensation claim following a road traffic accident and how you can claim even when the driver at fault has no motor insurance in place.

Finding driver details from a vehicle registration number

How to establish who the driver of a vehicle was that caused you injury and the motor insurer of the vehicle from the registration number alone.

Accelerated road accident compensation procedure

The faster procedure introduced in 2010 in England and Wales to claim compensation for injury and financial loss in a road traffic accident. Watch out – liability must be conceded by the driver’s insurance company in writing.

Small value road accident claims

Discover how the law changed on 31 May 2021 to increase the small claims limit for personal injury in a road accident from £1,000 to £5,000 restricting your ability to claim legal costs in making a claim. Find the important exceptions to this rule for vulnerable road users and children.

The Types And Amounts Of Road Traffic Accident Compensation

Types of traffic accident compensation

The different types of road traffic accident compensation you can claim with tips on how lawyers calculate the amount of compensation your personal injury claim is worth. Includes compensation for: pain and suffering, financial loss, legal costs, interest.

Car accident financial loss and expense claims

What are the most common expenses you can claim in a road traffic accident, with an explanation of how the amount of compensation for whiplash injuries significantly changed in 2021.

Motorbike injury claim payouts (common motorcyclist injuries)

Discover the most common types of injury you can suffer in a motorcycle accident – with examples of the amounts of compensation you can expect to receive for each.

Whiplash compensation claim payouts

Since 31 May 2021 – the amount of compensation you can claim for whiplash in a road accident was changed to become a tariff scheme. Exact amounts were set out by government, which this article discusses in detail.

Choosing And Funding A Road Traffic Accident Solicitor To Make Your Claim

Selecting a personal injury lawyer

Discover how to choose a personal injury solicitor to make your claim, how to check your lawyer’s level of expertise and the things you should be careful of before signing an agreement.

Learn how no win no fee agreements can allow you to claim compensation without paying your solicitor’s costs together with a description of why you may already have insurance policies in place that are able to fund the legal costs of your claim.

RTA Claims Process In A Nutshell / Q&A / FAQ

Road Traffic Collisions

You will find a nutshell summary of the road traffic accidents claim process.

Road Accident Claim Q&A and FAQ

Find out about motor vehicle insurance legal protection cover. When and how to make use of it to fund a solicitor to make your claim. How to not be put off by your insurer even if you are contemplating a small claim only.


This guide gives you the benefit of over 20 years experience as a specialist personal injury solicitors by guiding you through the road traffic accident claims process – from accident event to how much you should settle your compensation claim for.

We recommend you see our road accident claim article to discover what you should do immediately following a RTA that will help support your claim.

We offer a number of specialist solicitor free help and assistance options – both online and direct dial telephone assistance. You can ask your own question, have your claim assessed or speak direct to a specialist solicitor..