Despite an increase in vehicle safety, accidents involving drivers of vehicles, whether or not you are the driver of a car, taxi, bus or lorry, can still be serious. Accidents range from simple whiplash injuries, to serious injuries, even fatalities. If we are able to make a personal injury claim for compensation on your behalf, this is because your injures were caused as a result of negligence. This could be another road user, a pedestrian, or even caused by a hazard or defect in the carriageway.
Road traffic accident claims are not always straightforward. We are specialists in the cases which are more challenging.
- What is Contributory Negligence?
There may be allegations that you were distracted by other passengers or children in the car, you were using a mobile phone or other device, driving in the wrong lane, driving too fast or not paying attention.
Any of these, if proved, will reduce the value of your claim.
Barlow Robbins solicitors are used to handling such difficult cases and we often succeed where other solicitors just give up.
- What if there was no other vehicle involved?
We have experience of claims where a driver was badly injured as a result of defects in the road surface, malfunctioning manhole covers and excess surface water caused by blocked drains. We have succeeded in cases against The highways Authority and against utility companies (gas, electric and water services)
- What about seatbelts?
Although there are exceptions, in the majority of cases, it is a legal requirement for a driver of any vehicle to wear a seatbelt. If you were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of your accident, and you should have been, then any compensation that you receive as part of the personal injury claim may be reduced to reflect this. If the injury that you sustained could have been prevented by wearing a seatbelt or may not have been so serious, this issue will have to be addressed. We will use expert doctors and engineers to argue your case for you.
- What if the other driver was not insured?
You can still claim. Click here to read more