Fatal road accident claims

Losing a loved one in a preventable accident is something no one should have to go through. If you want to make a claim against those responsible, we are here to help.

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I’ve lost a loved one in an RTA, what are my rights?

In road traffic accidents where there is a fatality, the criminal charge will usually be one of:

  1. Causing Death by Dangerous Driving
  2. Causing Death by Careless Driving
  3. Driving without Due Care and Attention.

As well as the criminal offence, you have the right to claim against the driver’s insurance (or Motor Insurers’ Bureau if the driver was uninsured) or make a civil claim for compensation in court.

To be able to make a claim you must be:

  • A direct dependant of the deceased
    A child or spouse/partner who depended on the deceased financially.
  • A family member
    Who has suffered either emotionally or financially as a direct result of the death.

Why make a claim for compensation?

At a time of loss and grieving, financial worries are not something you need to add to your pain.

The idea of compensation is to ensure the surviving family members are as financially secure as they would have been had the accident not occurred.

Compensation can mean protecting your future at the same time as seeking the justice you deserve.

How can First4Lawyers help?

Our No Win No Fee* RTA solicitors have many years of experience dealing with sensitive claims like these.  They know what you are going through and can represent you through the process, when it comes to putting together statements and claims.

What levels of compensation should I expect?

A confidential chat with our trained legal advisors will give you advice tailored to your personal situation.  Claims for fatalities tend to be high value claims though, so it’s important that you get good legal advice from experienced professionals.

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

There is usually a three-year period, from the date of death.

I think I want to claim, what do I do next?

When you feel able to discuss what has happened, just get in touch with us for a free consultation.  We’ll ask you about your situation and treat your call with sympathy and understanding, before advising you about your options.

Meet the expert

Meet Jax
Jacqueline Speight

Jacqueline Speight

Head of Claims

Jacqueline is our head of claims.
She is a qualified solicitor and has practised as a specialist in personal injury cases. A recent addition to our team, Jacqueline has moved to a managerial and coaching role with us, where she is keen to continue the team's training and development to ensure every customer continues to get a first class service.

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