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A road accident can be a traumatic event with a potential for injury and personal cost.
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Making a road accident claim

If you are involved in a road traffic accident it can be very traumatic and distressing. You can find yourself feeling shocked, nervous and upset as well as angry and annoyed.

You may have been the driver of a car, the passenger in a car, the cyclist, motorbiker or pillion. You may even have been the innocent pedestrian crossing the road or walking along a pavement. Perhaps you were the driver of a HGV or van or the passenger involved in an accident through no fault of your own.

With over 30 years' experience in personal injury compensation, we understand that, after being involved in a road accident, the first thing you think about is your health, and quite rightly so. But if the accident wasn't your fault, it's okay to think about being compensated for your injuries too.

Here at Your Legal Friend we are just as concerned about getting you back on your feet again as we are about securing the compensation you deserve. Because just like a good friend, we do our very best to make things right again.

Our specialist team will quickly investigate your accident, including handling police and witness statements, and provide practical support such as the recovery and repair of your vehicle and arranging a like-for-like replacement vehicle to get you back on the road again. We will arrange for any independent medical review to support your case. If any passengers in your vehicle were also injured, we can help them claim for compensation too.

After a road traffic accident, it can be a difficult and confusing time, so it's important to make sure you seek independent advice to determine your legal rights.  Your Legal Friend will help and support you with every step of making a claim and ensure that you don’t have to deal with the legal system on your own.

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Alison Saul, Director of Personal Injury leads our Personal Injury and Road Accident teams. A fully qualified solicitor with over 15 years of experience and expertise, Alison is dedicated to achieving the highest levels of compensation for her clients as well as ensuring high quality client care.

Alison is assisted by her team managers, Philip Waters Lee Quinn, Jenna Hargreaves, and Kathryn Langton. Philip, Lee, and Jenna lead legal teams focussing on Road Traffic Accident cases while Kathyrn leads our Personal Injury team. Together they have a wealth of experience in personal injury compensation.

Philip, a qualified solicitor, has over 18 years’ experience in personal injury compensation. Having previously worked for a large insurance company, he has extensive insights in how to engage effectively with insurers to achieve the level of compensation our clients deserve. Philip deals with cases of high value, complex cases, and recently secured £1.6 million in compensation for one of his clients who suffered catastrophic injuries in a road accident.

Lee has over 15 years’ specialist experience in Personal Injury claims and also manages a wide variety of high value, complex cases. Lee has extensive experience of working with insurance companies, acting for both claimants and defendants, and so understands how to secure the highest levels of compensation for the victims of road traffic accidents.

Jenna is a qualified solicitor and has studied to become a barrister. Jenna leads the internal reviews of our case management processes to ensure excellent, efficient case handling and high levels of client satisfaction.

Kathryn, also a qualified solicitor, specialises in accidents at work, public liability and accidents abroad. Kathryn deals with a wide variety of cases, often including accidents that involve serious, complex injuries.

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There are many people injured in accidents each year through no fault of their own and the circumstances will be different in each instance. Our team has extensive experience of successfully managing a wide range of personal injury claims, so we can help you secure the maximum compensation you deserve.

Alison Saul

Director of Personal Injury

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What should I do after a road accident?

A road traffic accident can be a shocking and disorienting event, no matter how small the crash may have been and it can be hard to know what to do after an accident. It is important to try to remain calm in the aftermath of an accident and try to take down as many details as possible. In a serious collision, the outcome is dictated by the first responders and emergency services. In a minor collision though, it’s important to know what to do in order to retain control of the situation.

Firstly, you must stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in the UK is an offence and carries a penalty. As a priority, ensure that both you and anyone else involved is not hurt and if they are, call the emergency services. Do not move anyone who may be seriously injured. Try to keep anyone involved warm, as they may have gone into shock.

If the damage to the vehicle is minor, it is still important for you to take notes, and photograph evidence in the immediate aftermath as you cannot be sure what the full extent of the damage is when you leave the scene afterwards.

Try to avoid saying sorry or taking the blame for what happened, until you have the full facts of the situation. It is natural to want to apologise, particularly if you feel you were at fault, but it is best to wait until you are sure.

Finally, seek medical attention, even if you have no obvious injuries, as whiplash can take several days to appear.

If you are in a minor collision, don't assume that you can just leave the scene if your vehicle is drivable; ensure you swap details with the other party, or parties. If damage is caused or injury sustained by anyone and you do not stop and swap details, then you must report the accident within 24 hours at a local police station and to your insurer. If you find out you were hit by an uninsured driver, you'll need to report the accident to the police as well.

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Why should I claim compensation for a road accident?

The other driver’s insurance will cover the damage to your vehicle and likely offer you a settlement for any injuries sustained, however insurers are unlikely to offer you a fair sum in the first instance. We seek fair redress on your behalf to ensure that you receive maximum compensation.

Even for minor collisions, you may lose earnings from days off work, or where you have to take annual leave to deal with the repair of your vehicle, which could force you to make alternative travel arrangements and incur additional costs.

A road traffic accident can be a shocking and disorienting event, no matter how small the crash may have been and it can be hard to know what to do after an accident. It is important to try to remain calm in the aftermath of an accident and try to take down as many details as possible. In a serious collision, the outcome is dictated by the first responders and emergency services. In a minor collision though, it’s important to know what to do in order to retain control of the situation.

Firstly, you must stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in the UK is an offence and carries a penalty. As a priority, ensure that both you and anyone else involved is not hurt and if they are, call the emergency services. Do not move anyone who may be seriously injured. Try to keep anyone involved warm, as they may have gone into shock.

If the damage to the vehicle is minor, it is still important for you to take notes, and photograph evidence in the immediate aftermath as you cannot be sure what the full extent of the damage is when you leave the scene afterwards.

Try to avoid saying sorry or taking the blame for what happened, until you have the full facts of the situation. It is natural to want to apologise, particularly if you feel you were at fault, but it is best to wait until you are sure.

Finally, seek medical attention, even if you have no obvious injuries, as whiplash can take several days to appear.

If you are in a minor collision, don't assume that you can just leave the scene if your vehicle is drivable; ensure you swap details with the other party, or parties. If damage is caused or injury sustained by anyone and you do not stop and swap details, then you must report the accident within 24 hours at a local police station and to your insurer. If you find out you were hit by an uninsured driver, you'll need to report the accident to the police as well.

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The other driver’s insurance will cover the damage to your vehicle and likely offer you a settlement for any injuries sustained, however insurers are unlikely to offer you a fair sum in the first instance. We seek fair redress on your behalf to ensure that you receive maximum compensation.

Even for minor collisions, you may lose earnings from days off work, or where you have to take annual leave to deal with the repair of your vehicle, which could force you to make alternative travel arrangements and incur additional costs.

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