There is no denying that car accidents and road traffic incidents happen on a daily basis, often resulting in compensation claims being made. Below, we will reveal everything you need to know about car accident claims, including how much can someone sue for a car accident?
How do you know if you can sue someone for a car accident?
There are a number of different factors that are considered when it comes to determining whether or not you are going to be able to make a successful claim for a car accident that you have been involved in. The first factor is being able to prove that someone else is to blame for the accident. You are certainly not going to be able to make a claim if you caused the accident. It could be that the other driver caused the incident or you may want to make a claim against a pedestrian or the local authorities for failing to maintain the roads properly. No matter the scenario, establishing blame is critical. Aside from this, it is important to seek medical attention for the injuries that you have sustained. There is also usually a time limit on claims, so you will need to claim within this.
How much compensation will you receive?
This is the question that most people will want to know the answer to! This is going to depend on the injuries you have suffered and the severity of them. It is important to note that your future suffering is considered as well. You can also claim for any costs you have encountered, which are known as special damages. We will reveal more about this below. Loss of earnings is a prime example, and again you will be compensated for current loss and any future loss of earnings as well.
What is the most common type of car injury?
Have you suffered a whiplash injury? Sadly, this is an injury a lot of people experience. Most individuals sustain whiplash as a result of road traffic accidents. However, this is not the only way you can suffer from whiplash. From slips and trips to workplace incidents, the scenarios vary.
Do I need a attorney?
Well, you can actually make a claim without an attorney, but this is highly ill-advised. If you have not been trained in law and personal injury claims it is highly unlikely that you will have the capability to make a strong case. An experienced and high quality attorney is one of the most important things you require for any type of claim.
Will I have to go to court?
It is unlikely. Of course, there are no promises, and in some instances a road traffic incident does result in a court case. However, this happens for a very small percentage of personal injury claims. Therefore, you would have to be considerably unlucky for this to happen to you.
What if I do not have the money to make a claim?
Actually, if you opt for a no win no fee attorney you will not need any money to begin your claim. This eliminates a massive hurdle and financial risk is minimized as well.
What are ‘special damages’?
This is a term a lot of people hear about in relation to compensation, yet they are unsure regarding what it is. Special damages essentially relates to out of pocket expenses. These are any costs you have encountered because of the road traffic accident. This can be anything from childcare costs, to loss of income, to travel expenses. In order to make a claim for these expenses, it is important to have proof of them. So, make sure you keep a hold of receipts and such like.
Do I need to see a doctor?
YES! This cannot be stressed enough. No matter how minor your injuries are, you need to see a medical professional. You will not be able to claim if you fail to do this.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of car accident claims and how much you can sue someone for a car accident. The figures differ considerably depending on the circumstances of your case, and therefore, to give you an accurate figure without knowing the ins and outs of what has happened is simply not possible. The best thing to do is give us a call today and our team will be able to advise you on the strength of your case and how much compensation you may receive.