Car accident claims

Have you been injured in a car crash? Get in touch and we’ll guide you through the process of making a claim.

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Claiming compensation for a car accident

According to the Department of Transport, there were 174,143 car accidents resulting in personal injury in 2017/18.

Being involved in a car accident is a traumatic experience, often resulting in injuries ranging from whiplash to serious head injuries and broken limbs.

After the shock of the accident and the medical treatment for your injuries, you will need time to recover, both mentally and physically. And that’s where compensation can help.

Accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, but if your injuries were a result of someone else’s careless actions, you may very well be entitled to a payment for your financial losses, as well as your pain and suffering.

Common injuries we help with include:

• Breaks and fractures
Head and brain injuries
Loss of limbs
Fatal accidents

Can I make a car accident claim?

Yes, if you are in an accident that was not your fault. You may have been the driver, or it may be that you were injured as a passenger. You could also claim on behalf of a child if they were hurt in the accident.  If your accident happened while you were abroad, you can also take a look at our car accidents abroad page.

If you’re not sure, just get in touch and we’ll give you free, no-obligation advice on your options.

What can I claim for?

There are various things to consider when you make a claim. Firstly, your recovery and any costs relating to that. This could be medical treatment, or it might be counselling to help your psychological recovery.

Then there are other expenses such as loss of wages, travel to medical appointments, or even adaptations to your home, mobility aids and specialist equipment.

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 much can I claim?

It depends on the type and severity of any injuries sustained.

For those inflicted with minor brain or head injuries, they could receive between £1,940 and £11,200. At the other end of the scale, severe leg injuries could see compensation between £48,080 and £119,210, whereas loss of an arm may mean an award of between £84,310 to upwards of £120,270.

For further examples see our compensation calculator

Why should I use First4Lawyers?

Our team of expert solicitors will handle your case with sensitivity and will guide you through the process, taking out the worry and stress of putting a case together and negotiating a settlement.

We’ll be with you every step of the way.

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

Generally speaking there is a limit of three years to start a claim, starting from the date of your accident. If you were under the age of 18 when you had your accident, you have until your 21st birthday.

I think I have a car accident claim, what do I do next?

Simply get in touch with us as soon as possible. You’ve nothing to lose and there’s no obligation to take it any further unless you want to.

You tell us the situation – we will tell you if you have a case.

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Can passengers claim compensation?

Yes, if you’re a passenger who has been involved in a collision on the road and suffered injuries through no fault of your own, then you’re entitled to make a claim for compensation.

I was hit by an uninsured driver. Can I claim?

Yes, you can make a claim if you were hit by an uninsured driver.

With the help of our panel of solicitors, you can claim through the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB).

Backed by every motor insurer in the UK, the MIB is a scheme set up to help compensate victims of accidents caused by uninsured and untraced motorists.

I've been injured on public transport, can I make a claim?

Yes, you may have a claim against the transport company, as they have a duty of care to ensure your safety, but get in touch with us and we'll discuss it with you free of charge.  You can also read more on our accidents on public transport page.

What should I do after a road accident?

Take the other driver's vehicle registration number, and ask them whether they are insured and who with.

Try to collect as much information as you can about the accident, as well as your losses and injuries.

Keep a record of any police reference numbers you're given and details of your medical appointments - such as when and where you were seen.

Details like these will help us build evidence for any claim for which you are eligible.

Can I claim if my road accident happened while I was abroad?

Yes, you can claim compensation for road traffic accidents, including where you were travelling as a passenger in a car, coach or taxi.

Making a claim for a personal injury that took place abroad can be a complicated and complex process, largely because of the difference in personal injury law between the UK and foreign countries.

At First4Lawyers, we work with solicitors who are experienced in making claims for accidents that have happened abroad, for people who were either on holiday or travelling on a business trip. Contact us for a no-obligation chat, or read more on our road accidents abroad page.

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.

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 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.

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


How much compensation will I get?

Pain, suffering and losses are all factors that are taken into consideration when awarding compensation. (Duration - 1:45)

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