If you have been injured through no fault of your own in a road traffic accident, then you may be eligible to make a claim for financial compensation. To be eligible, you must meet certain criteria surrounding time limits and how your accident happened.
Time limits for road traffic accidents
In the United Kingdom, most personal injury claims including road traffic accident claims have a three-year time limit. That three-year limit starts from the date your injuries became clear and this is known as your Date of Limitation or your Date of Knowledge.
After three years, personal injury claims become time-barred or statute barred, limiting your ability to bring your claim forward. The three-year limit can be extended under exceptional or extreme circumstances, however 9 out of 10 road traffic accident claims have a three-year limit. So if you were injured in an accident a while ago, you should put in a claim quickly with UK claim lawyers to avoid losing your legal right to make a claim for compensation.
How your accident happened – liability
For your claim to be successful you cannot be wholly liable for the accident. You can be partially liable for an accident up to 75 percent, however if it is clear that you caused the accident you were injured in, bringing a claim forward will be challenging. The reason being, that the other side will be under no obligation to pay your settlement demand.
If you were in no way responsible for your accident, then you will have a very strong case for compensation and you should put in a claim for the highest settlement possible. Your UK claim lawyers will explain to you how much they believe you can claim based on the extent of your injuries, how they have and will affect your life and by referring to past cases.
Other things to bear in mind when making a claim
When you make a claim you will sign a Conditional Fee Agreement – otherwise known as ‘no win, no fee’ – stipulating that you will have no legal fees to pay upfront nor any of your own lawyer’s fees to pay should your claim lose. However, you should be aware from the outset that should your claim be unsuccessful, you may be billed by the other side. Your lawyer should explain all of this to you before you agree to make a personal injury claim.
Talk to UK Claim Lawyers today about your case
To find out more about making a claim for a road traffic accident or to ascertain your eligibility for making a claim, simply give UK Claim Lawyers a call on Freephone 0800 157 1438 today and speak to a highly trained and experienced claims advisor.