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If you have suffered an injury in a car accident that was not your fault then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Claims for compensation can be pursued at any time in the 3 years following the original car accident, and in some cases the timeframe in which you can pursue a claim may be even longer.
Figures published by the DVLA show there were 34.5 million licensed vehicles in the UK at the end of 2012, of which 28.7 million were cars. The number of vehicles using Britain’s roads has increased almost every year since the end of the Second World War. Despite this increase Britain has some of the safest roads within Europe and the world. Research carried out by the European Road Assessment Programme suggests that only Sweden and the Netherlands possess road safety records that come close to the standards observed in the UK. Nevertheless, car accidents remain common in the UK: the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents estimates that there are around 730,000 injuries suffered in road accidents each year, of which it is believed 80,000 are serious injuries.
Accidents can be caused by many things, including the inexperience of drivers, drink-driving, the use of excessive speed, dangerous and difficult driving conditions, or careless and negligent driving on the part of one of the drivers involved in an accident. Analysis of accidents conducted by the Institute of Advanced Motorists suggests the most common cause of accidents is driver error such as failing to look before manoeuvring, loss of control over a vehicle, and failing to judge one’s speed and the path of oncoming traffic.
If you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault then you may be entitled to pursue a compensation claim. The extent of the compensation claim will be determined by the severity of the injuries, the damage to your vehicle, and the consequent financial losses following the car accident. The types of injury most often suffered in car accidents include neck injuries, such as whiplash, back injuries and damage to the spinal cord, and stress-related illnesses and disorders such as anxiety and depression that may impair the earning capacity of an individual following an accident.
In order to make a compensation claim following a car accident that was not your fault you should speak to an experienced and specialist solicitor who will guide you through the claims process. Personal Injury Claims Specialists provide a no win-no fee service and possess specialist knowledge and proven track-record in successfully handling compensation claims for clients who have been involved in car accidents. The claims specialists will draw together all the requisite evidence to demonstrate the culpability of the other driver involved in the accident, and will build the strongest possible case to ensure every client receives the correct damages and reparations for the injuries incurred in the car accident.