A car accident claim is an all too common experience with an annual rate of over 200,000 injuries, 40,000 serious injuries and over 2,000 fatalities in the UK. If you are involved in a car accident in Sheffield you need specialist advice which our solicitors will provide at no cost to you. In most car accident claims it is straight forward to determine who was to blame but some cases, especially multiple vehicle collisions are complex and establishing liability for negligence may be a difficult task. Our specialist car accident solicitors are very experienced in obtaining evidence in order to give you definitive advice about who was at fault for the accident. If you believe that it was not your fault and the accident in Sheffield happened within the last three years, you should contact us for free advice without further obligation.
It's always different when you or a friend or loved one are involved - it becomes personal and that's when you need specialist advice from solicitors experienced in car accident compensation claims. If you complete the contact form, email our offices or call the helpline we will determine the following items at no cost to you:-
Who was at fault for the accident?
In some cases it is easy to determine who was to blame, such as a rear end shunt at traffic lights but some car accident claims are complex and not at all obvious. If you are involved in a Sheffield motor vehicle collision never make any admissions to other parties involved and contact us immediately to have the case reviewed. Our specialist car accident claim solicitors are very experienced in reviewing accident details and will obtain such further evidence as they need to advise you on who was at fault.
What can I claim?
This item relates to the pain and suffering of personal injury caused by the car accident. To determine the appropriate award of damages in a car accident claim, the solicitor will arrange for you to be examined by a Sheffield medical consultant (at no cost to you). Compensation for being disadvantaged in the employment market or for having to change lifestyle may also apply. Judges are assisted in determining compensation awards by the Judicial Studies Board (JSB)Guidelines which is effectively a compendium and review of previous awards in similar cases.
This item relate to specific matters such as loss of earnings (both past and future), cost of medical treatments, travel expenses, loss of personal property damaged in the accident and similar specific expenses such as an excess under a motor insurance policy.
What if the other driver was not insured?
A large proportion of UK car accidents involve an uninsured driver. In these cases a claim can be made to the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) which administers a fund that is contributed to by a levy on all insurance companies. The purpose of the fund is to pay compensation to the victims of uninsured and untraced drivers. If the identity of the driver is known but the driver is uninsured then the fund will pay all normal compensation and legal costs subject to the deduction of a nominal excess. We can make an application for you on a no win no fee basis and compensation is paid in full with no deductions.
What if the other driver is not identified and did not stop?
If the other driver is untraced which sometimes happens in hit and run car accidents then the MIB will only pay compensation for personal injury together with some associated losses. In these cases the MIB do not pay for the legal costs of an application which must be deducted from any compensation awarded. Compensation in these cases is not paid in full. Our solicitors will still deal with the claim on a no win no fee basis and will advise you of the charging arrangements prior to the claim being started.
If you would like no cost legal advice with no further obligation from a specialist personal injury lawyer, just use the helpline or email our offices. We operate the no win no fee scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client.