Russell & Russell - Solicitors since 1887

Road Traffic Accidents

Although there have been significant improvements in road safety, unfortunately, road traffic accidents are still a daily occurrence. At Russell and Russell, we understand the effect a road traffic accident can have on your life, which is why we’ll deal with your case with the professionalism, care and sensitivity you deserve. Here's some of the most common questions about road traffic accidents we’re asked:

What if the accident wasn’t my fault?

If the accident wasn’t your fault, we can advise on whether you’re entitled to make a claim for compensation. It maybe that you were the: 

  • Driver
  • Passenger
  • A motorcyclist 
  • A cyclist
  • A horse rider
  • A pedestrian

What types of road accidents can you help make a claim for?

Our solicitors have a huge amount of experience in dealing with road traffic accident claims and are members of the Motor Accident Solicitor Society (MASS). A number of our solicitors are also members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) so you can be sure your case is being handled by a qualified, accredited professional. We can help with the following types of road traffic accidents: 

  • Vehicle accidents
  • Whiplash claims
  • Motorbike claims
  • Pedestrian claims
  • Cycling claims
  • Equestrian claims
  • Fatal road accidents

How much will it cost?

We act on a no win no fee basis, which means that if you don’t win your case you won’t pay a penny. But, due to government legislation, if you win we’ll deduct 25% of your damages award as payment for dealing with your case. This is fairly standard practice and our fees are paid once your case is settled.

How long will it take?

Every case is unique so it’s difficult to give a precise time frame as it depends on a number of factors. If liability is admitted during our investigation into the cause of your injury, the case will be settled significantly quicker than if it’s disputed. Another factor that can speed up a claim is if you return any documentation we send you as soon as possible and respond quickly to any questions we may have.

The extent of your injury also has a huge bearing on your case. Generally, the more serious the injury and the long-term implications of it, the longer it may take to fully calculate your claim’s value. We’re also bound by Civil Procedure rules, which allow the defendant’s solicitors time to investigate the circumstances around your injury before they have to respond to us.

Will I have to go to court?

We can never say a case won’t go to trial or final hearing, but it’s unlikely. It’s often better if your case doesn’t go to trial as the issue of court proceedings, and the amount of work that goes into preparing and arguing your case, can considerably extend the time it takes to settle your claim. Whether it goes to trial or final hearing depends on your case’s prospects and the stance that the defendant takes.

How much compensation will I get?

It’s difficult to value a case at an early stage as you may have suffered injuries that take time to manifest or have a long-term impact on your health and wellbeing. Every case is individual so to fully evaluate your claim, we need a medical report. This gives us an insight into the extent of your injury and identifies whether you can expect to make a full recovery. 

Once we know this we can assess the value of your case. In addition to your general damages (the money you receive for your injury), we also take into account your out of pocket expenses (what we term ‘special damages’). When these are clear, we can add them to the value of your claim. If you’re contacted by an insurance company it’s important not to accept any offers of settlement or compensation without seeking or obtaining legal advice.

How long do I have to make a claim?

Generally, you can make a claim for compensation up to three years from the date of your injury. This is what we call the limitation period. There are, however, some circumstances where the limitation period is two years. To find out more, call us.

What should I do if I want to make a claim?

Starting your claim is easy; just call us on the number above or fill out the contact form and we’ll call you back.

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