Road traffic accident abroad claims

If you've had a car accident in another country, then the prospect of making a claim may seem complicated and daunting.

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Driving in another country is often quite different to driving in the UK, but there's only so much you can prepare for. And you can't account for the actions of other motorists.

If you should be unfortunate enough to be involved in a car accident while abroad, don't panic - First4Lawyers are experts in seeking access to justice and compensation for any road accident.

Our specialists understand how to review your case and determine whether you have a claim.

What are car accidents abroad?

Car accidents abroad are basically on-road collisions and accidents which happen while driving in a foreign country. Among the things that could happen are:

  • Accidents caused by another driver
  • Collisions involving motorcyclists
  • Passengers being involved in accidents
  • People falling victim to hit-and-run incidents
  • Pedestrians being struck by negligent drivers.

Injuries that could develop following accidents might include whiplash, broken bones or, in extreme cases, the loss of arms or legs.

Who can I claim against?

If involved in an accident in another European Union (EU) country, you can trace the car’s owner thanks to the EU Cross-Border Enforcement Directive, which came into force in 2017.   All cars in member countries can be found on the same database, along with the relevant insurers for each. As far as uninsured drivers are concerned, it’s possible to claim through the Motor Insurers' Bureau to pursue compensation.

More about making a claim.

How much can I claim?

The amount of compensation you can claim depends on the extent of your injuries. A whiplash injury will be worth up to £3,810, while more severe neck injuries compensation starts at £57,620. You can also take a look at our Compensation Calculator to give you an idea of the award amounts you may be eligible for.

How the claim process works


Get in touch

You can contact us 24/7 online or by phone, or use our callback form to request a callback at a time convenient to you


Discuss your situation

One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case


Manage your claim

Our specialist No Win No Fee* solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

How long do I have to make a claim?

For car accidents abroad, you typically have up to three years to make a claim. Once you have made sure that you have recovered as well as possible, you should contact First4Lawyers, as our team of solicitors can give you some much-needed support during this time, as well as getting your claim started, and telling you about any No Win No Fee* options for your case.

I’ve had a car accident abroad, what should I do?

After finding out how serious your injury is, contact us for a no-obligation chat about your situation. You can fill in our online form, call us using the number at the top of the screen, or request a callback and we'll call at your chosen time.

One of our legal advisors will explain the process to you. A solicitor will then send a letter to the driver at fault and the claim will begin.

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Frequently asked questions

I've had an accident while I was abroad. Who do I claim against?

When on holiday abroad you are ultimately entrusting your safety to the tour operator that you booked your holiday through.

If you’ve suffered an accident or food poisoning in a hotel then the tour operator or hotel owners will be held responsible for your safety and well-being whilst staying with them.

Accidents on flights are down to the airline or tour operator, and it's the latter who have a duty to ensure that you are safe for the duration of your trip abroad.

If you have had an accident abroad related to your work then your employer will be responsible for your health and safety. They will have the appropriate insurance policies to cover the costs of any compensation claims but they have a duty of care to ensure the accident you’ve suffered doesn’t happen to anyone else.

In most cases those responsible for causing a road traffic accident will be held liable for compensating the victim of the accident.

However road traffic accidents abroad are slightly more complex than those in the UK depending on the country of the accident and whether you were in a car, coach or other vehicles.

One of our trained legal advisors will assess your accident for free to let you know if you have a claim. 

Are there exceptions to making an accident abroad claim?

Yes, if you were on holiday, it should usually be part of a package holiday (flights + accommodation booked together) to be eligible to make a claim.

For road traffic accidents abroad there are some limitations to what you can claim, depending on the laws within that country.

Our legal advisors can give you advice on your particular situation.  Just give them a call, or request a callback.

Are there jurisdiction limits to accident abroad claims?

There are very few jurisdictional issues as long as the holiday was booked as part of a package holiday (flight + accommodation booked together).

Road traffic accidents are only covered within certain countries in Europe.

How does No Win No Fee* work?

If you win, our solicitors take a percentage of the final compensation up to 25%, and this will be discussed with you before the process begins so that there are no unexpected costs at the end. 

If you lose your case, you do not pay your solicitor any legal fees for the work they've carried out on your behalf.

What's the difference between legal aid and No Win No Fee*?

Legal aid is money paid by the government to help cover legal costs for those who can’t afford it. You have to prove eligibility and the matter has to be considered serious.

No Win No Fee*, on the other hand, is an arrangement with your solicitor which guarantees that if your claim is not successful, you won’t have to pay for the solicitor’s work.

Are there any catches to No Win No Fee*?

No, there are no 'catches'.  Although there are some exceptions in Scotland and Northern Ireland, No Win No Fee* does what it says on the tin: if you don’t win, you don’t pay the solicitor's legal fees.

When discussing your claim, our advisors will be able to assess whether these exceptions apply to you. We’ll always be transparent, so you can be confident that we won’t land you with any hidden costs.

How is No Win No Fee* different to the legal cover I get through my insurance?

If you have an insurance policy it should cover the cost of legal fees and you may not need to take out a conditional fee (no win no fee*) arrangement.

However, our solicitors will assess this for you and will be able to determine whether your insurance covers the appropriate legal fees

How likely am I to win a No Win No Fee* case?

It depends on the individual circumstances around your claim.

Our legal advisors, who are trained to the highest standard, will discuss the details of your case with you and assess how likely is it to succeed.

This is always discussed with you in your initial phone call so that your time is not wasted and you know where you stand straight away.

I've been injured. Can I make a No Win No Fee* claim?

Yes, if the accident was not your fault, you may have a No Win No Fee* claim.

By discussing your accident with one of our trained legal advisors we can assess whether you have a claim.  We will then be able to find a specialist solicitor to suit your needs.

Get in touch with us to find out more.

Can I claim on behalf of someone else?

Yes, if you are a parent, guardian or close family member you can claim on behalf of someone else.

They must be either under 18 years old, or considered a 'protected party' who is mentally incapable of making their own decision. More about making a claim

What percentage do solicitors take out of my compensation?

Our solicitors may take up to 25% of any compensation they win for you.

However, they will discuss the exact percentage that will be deducted prior to any work happening.

At this stage you are under no obligation to choose a First4Lawyers solicitor.  More about making a claim

Who pays the other side's costs?

As part of a conditional - No Win No Fee* arrangement, any costs are covered by either arranging an insurance policy, or by using any existing legal expenses cover you may have.

The solicitor will discuss any need for, and the suitability of, any insurance with you.  


What is No Win No Fee*?

If the solicitor doesn't win your case, you don't pay a penny. It's as simple as that! (Duration - 1:20)

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