Road Traffic Accidents Abroad

If you've had a car accident in another country, you might need help to make a compensation claim in the UK.


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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 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.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25%* of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

*Excluding Road Traffic Accident related claims where the accident happened on or after 31st May 2021. Here customers you will typically pay 30% + VAT due to changes introduced through Civil Liability Act 2018.

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 claim online, call us using the number at the top of the screen, or request a call back 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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