Road Traffic Accidents Questions

 

Can I make a claim if I was a pedestrian involved in a road traffic accident?

When considering road traffic accidents, the focus, quite naturally, tends to fall upon people driving cars and riding motorbikes or their passengers. Ask the average person to think about a car accident and they’ll envisage two cars coming together. Often, however, the people most likely to be injured as a result of a road traffic accident are pedestrians. Government figures, which can be found at http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20120926002851/http://www.dft.gov.uk/statistics/tables/ras30002/ show that, in the latest year for which figures are available, 26,198 pedestrians were injured to some degree following road traffic accidents. In some cases, this would have been the fault of the pedestrian concerned, but in many it would have been due to the negligence of another person.
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Mechanical failure caused my road traffic accident – will I be able to claim compensation?

If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident and suffered an injury as a result, then the first question you’ll doubtless feel moved to ask is ‘Why me?’ In some cases, you may have to face up to the fact that you were at fault, having made a mistake such as driving whilst too tired or failing to pay proper attention to the conditions of the road. In cases such as this there’s little more that you can do than move on and hope for a full and speedy recovery.
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I’ve been injured in a road traffic accident that was someone else’s fault, can I make a claim?

Although the number of people injured or killed on the roads has dropped considerably in recent years – thanks to advances in technology and attitudes towards safer driving – there’s still no escaping the fact that getting behind the wheel of a car, or even riding as a passenger, can be a pretty dangerous thing to do. No matter how careful you are there’s still the chance that you’ll have the bad luck to meet up with a bad driver, experience adverse conditions, or suffer a mechanical failure which causes a road traffic accident. In all of these cases the fault lies with another party, and that means that you should be able to claim for compensation. The details can be found on the Citizens Advice website guide at www.citizensadvice.org.uk.
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If an accident is fatal, can a family member make a claim?

If a family member dies in a road traffic accident, it can be extremely shocking and overwhelming. After a fatal accident, it may not occur to people that such a tragic loss may have severe financial implications. The average funeral cost in the UK is nearly £2,000, and many families that lose a family member in an accident go on to suffer financial hardship. Just as victims of an accident are entitled to make a claim for damages if an accident was not their fault, family members can make claim too.
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Are car manufacturers responsible if an accident is not caused by driver error?

Each year in the UK, around 250,000 road accidents are reported to insurers. While some of these are minor and only result in damage to vehicles, many people find themselves injured after a road traffic accident. Whether you are a driver or passenger, if somebody is at fault, you are entitled to make a claim for damages. This may be the driver of the car but also could be somebody else, such as the car manufacturer.
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