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RTA Compensation Claims

RTA Compensation Claims by their very nature can be complex.

An RTA – Road Traffic Accident – can involve the driver, passengers and pedestrians and even the agency responsible for the condition of the road.

This can affect who the claim is made against.

For instance, if the accident occurred on an icy road where there was no gritting it may be possible to put in compensation claims against the local highway agency.

Whatever the type of RTA, there are certain procedures which should be followed. If there are injuries it is obligatory for the police to be called.

The police investigation may well determine blame, if any, and this can be used to back up any compensation claim.

Anyone involved in an RTA should get as much information as possible, including the names, addresses and phone numbers of those who witnessed the accident.

When making a RTA compensation claim, the driver must prove he was not to blame. This can be backed up if the police have already made an investigation and determined that the blame lay elsewhere.

Without this evidence, however, the “person to blame’s” own insurers may well decide to deny any liability forcing the claim to through the courts. However, if the evidence is overwhelming they may agree a settlement.

When deciding to make an RTA compensation claim, particularly where personal injury has been suffered, it is important to consult with a compensation solicitor who specialises in these types of cases.

The claim will be based on the injury and hurt suffered, loss of earnings – both current and future – as well any detrimental effect on lifestyle.

Damage to any personal property can also be claimed for. A report from the doctor who provided treatment for the injured party can also be used as evidence in the claim.

If the person at fault’s insurance company challenges the compensation claim then the matter will end up in a civil court which will decide whether and how much compensation will be awarded.

If you have been involved in a RTA and think you may deserve compensation, why not ask our claims experts a question today for free?

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