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 Car Accident Injury Compensation Claims Guide

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Car accidents can have a profound impact on a person physically, emotionally, and financially. In England and Wales, personal injury compensation claims resulting from car accidents provide a vital avenue for those who people have suffered harm due to someone else's negligence. This guide focuses on the specifics of car accident injury claims, explaining how to bring a claim, who can claim, what to do if involved in a car accident, common types of injuries, and why specialist solicitors are the best to handle your compensation claim.

Who Can Claim For Car Accident Injuries?


People who have suffered injuries due to a car accident caused by another party's negligence can generally claim compensation. This includes drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists. To succeed in a claim, you must demonstrate that another party's actions or negligence were responsible for your injuries.


Bringing a claim as a result of a car accident involves several essential steps, but the first is that you only have 3 years to bring a claim against the driver of the other vehicle.  This is called the limitation period ensuring enough time is allowed for the other party/ lawyer to investigate the claim and for you to have treatment and support. Once this time has passed you cannot bring a claim at all and are barred by law from pursuing a personal injury claim. 


There are certain exceptions to bringing a claim against an insurer:

  • If you have been involved in an injury where the other driver is not insured or cannot be traced. These are claims involving the Motor Insurers Bureau, and as such,  claims must be submitted within specific time frames. Please get in touch if you believe this type of claim applies to you.

  • If you have been involved in a road traffic accident, but you were a pedestrian or a cyclist. The person to pursue here can vary and we will discuss this when we speak to you.


Please get in touch and we can advise whether you still have time to bring a claim or who we need to bring a claim against.

If you are still within the time limit, we will then take details from you regarding the claim and discuss funding


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Pick up the phone and call us on 0800 999 1078 or drop us an email at We will spend time with you explaining the process and you can then choose if you wish to get your claim underway. 

What to Do If You are Involved in a Car Accident

If you find yourself involved in a car accident in England and Wales, follow these essential steps:

  1. Take a breath and try not to panic.

  2. Ensure Safety - Check for injuries and prioritise safety. If possible, move vehicles out of traffic to prevent further, accidents. Do not move anyone who may have suffered a spinal injury. Consider if there is anything flammable in the area which is a danger to life. 

  3. Touch as little as possible on the person or the car, except for safety reasons. 

  4. If you have sustained serious injuries, try to stay calm and orient yourself to your surroundings if possible. Communicate, if you can, to alert someone to your presence and what hurts. When the emergency services arrive, they will be able to speak with you and attend to you immediately.

  5. Contact Emergency Services - Call the police and, if needed, request medical assistance. The police report will be crucial for your claim. If the police deem they do not need to attend, then exchange information to make sure you have details of the other person involved. 

  6. Exchange Information - Exchange contact and insurance information with all parties involved in the accident. If someone is not willing to give you their details, take a photo with your phone of their registration number and vehicle type. 

  7. Gather Evidence - Document the accident scene with photographs, collect witness statement details if possible, save any dash cam footage and keep this information safe

  8. Notify Your Insurer - Report the accident to your insurance company, following their procedures carefully and ensure you tell them whether you were wearing a seat belt.

Types of Injuries From Car Accidents

Car accidents can lead to a wide range of injuries of various severity, including:

  • Whiplash - Neck and spinal injuries caused by sudden deceleration or impact. These injuries can recover in a matter of weeks or continue to develop for months/years. Some people can suffer from permanent whiplash injuries which develop into Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or chronic pain conditions

  • Fractures - Broken bones due to the force of the collision. These can be multiple and if they have not resolved within a certain time, can develop into a chronic pain condition. 

  • Head Injuries - Traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and other head-related injuries.

  • Spinal Injuries - Trauma to the spine which can affect limb usage and dexterity. 

  • Soft Tissue Injuries - Damage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

  • Chronic Pain Conditions - CRPS 

  • Psychological Trauma - Emotional distress, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or anxiety.

Benefits of a Car Accident Specialist Solicitor

Consulting a specialist personal injury solicitor with experience in road traffic accident claims is beneficial for several reasons:

  • Expertise - a specialist understands the complexities of road traffic accident claims and can navigate the legal process effectively.  A specialist also has extensive experience in bringing these types of claims with excellent results. 

  • Peace of Mind - having a specialist team by your side can ease the stress of dealing with insurance companies and legal procedures, allowing you to focus on your recovery.

  • Compensation - a specialist with a passion for getting the best result for their clients will always secure the maximum compensation possible. Read what past clients have to say about working with FT Chronic Pain Solicitors.


Seeking the assistance of a specialist personal injury solicitor ensures you receive the best support and guidance needed to pursue your claim successfully and obtain the compensation you deserve. you have the right to seek compensation for your losses.

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