Road Traffic Accidents
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Road Traffic Accidents
Road users have a duty of care to ensure that they do not prejudice the health and safety of other road users. Most road traffic accidents are as a result of negligence and not an intention to cause injury, nevertheless, when the rules of the road are not followed the consequences can be serious.
Road Accident Compensation Sheffield
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that a third party was even partly responsible for then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation and you should instruct a road traffic injury claims solicitor** in Sheffield to investigate the merits of a claim on your behalf. As most road users are insured against such claims, anyone one that is injured in a road traffic accident is likely to be able to claim some compensation from those who drive vehicles to pedestrians and cyclists.
The most common injury following a road traffic accident is whiplash, which is an injury to the neck caused by a sudden jolt, usually as a result of a rear end collision. Often whiplash is not serious and most suffers make a full recovery within a year. If the whiplash is likely to cause long terms problems then, as with any type of injury with long term implications, the amount of compensation awarded is likely to be greater. In addition to compensation for the physical injury, a personal injury claims Sheffield solicitor** will also be able to help you to recover any consequential loss such as loss of income, medical bills, travel expenses and damage to property. It is worth noting that any compensation award may be reduced if the victim has been found to have been negligent, for example, the failure to wear a cycle helmet or a seat belt.
Make a Claim for a Road Traffic Accident in Sheffield
If you would like to make a claim for compensation following a road traffic accident then you should speak with a personal injury claims Sheffield solicitor** within three years of the date of the accident to ensure that it is not barred under the Limitation Act 1980. In the case of children a claim can be made up to the child’s 21st birthday.
The consequences of being involved in a vehicle accident vary: some people emerge with only mild concussion or whiplash, while others may suffer significant injury to both themselves and their car. However, no matter the severity of your injury, if you are hurt in a vehicle collision that wasn’t your fault, you are legally entitled to accident compensation.