A road traffic accident can be a very scary experience and this can be even more stressful if the accident happens while you’re abroad, because of language barriers and different local laws.
Whether you were the one injured in the accident or it happened to a loved one, we can help you. Our Holiday Accident Claims Solicitors are experts in handling compensation claims for British travellers who have been injured in road accidents abroad.
If your accident happened outside of the UK, but the person responsible for the accident lived in England and Wales at the time of your accident, you can claim compensation through the Courts in England or Wales. This will make the whole process much easier for you.
An International Network of Solicitors and Lawyers
We have a network of associate companies and Lawyers in all EU and EEA countries, and many others globally. They are specialists in the laws of their country and they help us to make sure we can get you the compensation you deserve.
Some of our Holiday Accident Claims Solicitors and Litigation Lawyers have worked in the travel industry. This means we have valuable first-hand knowledge of how the sector operates.
We offer a friendly and supportive service. We’ll speak to you in straightforward terms, without legal jargon. Our team will handle your case to the highest possible standards and fight to make sure you receive the best compensation settlement possible.
What to Do if You Have a Road Accident Abroad
If you’ve been badly injured in a road traffic accident overseas, you’ll obviously receive medical treatment for your injuries. Once you’re in a position to, you should:
- Call the police or another relevant local authority and ask for a copy of their accident report, if possible
- Note down all details of the accident, including date, time, location, circumstances, name, address and phone number of the other party, and the vehicle registration number. Some countries use the ‘European Accident Statement’, also known as a ‘Constat Amiable’. This is for both parties to record the details of the accident and sign. If you’re given one, make sure you get a copy
- Ask for a language interpreter if you need one
- If it’s safe and if you can, take photographs of the accident scene and damage to the vehicles involved
- Notify your insurance company and get legal advice as soon as you can – we’re regularly instructed by people who've been injured in a car accident are receiving medical treatment abroad. We can help you at that early stage too.
Can I Make a Claim in the UK for an Accident Abroad?
Yes. If your road accident happened in the EU or EEA, or both you and the other driver live in England or Wales, you can still make a claim in England or Wales.
Since the introduction of the 4th and 5th EU Motor Insurance Directives and the Rome II Convention, making a claim for a road traffic accident in the EU or EEA is as simple as making a claim for a road traffic accident in the UK. The laws of the country where your accident happened will apply. If both drivers live in England or Wales, English law will probably apply.
The 4th and 5th EU Motor Insurance Directives also made it compulsory for EU insurers to appoint UK representatives to handle compensation claims involving UK travellers injured in road traffic accidents through no fault of their own.
Time Limits for Personal Injury Claims Outside UK
The time limits for making a claim vary between countries. If you’ve been injured in a road accident overseas, it’s important to make a claim as soon as possible. Our Holiday Accident Claims Solicitors can give you specialist legal advice and tell you about the time limits in that country so you know if you have time to make a claim.
You can claim for a road traffic accident involving vehicles such as:
- Cars, taxis and jeeps
- Caravans or mobile homes
- Coaches and minibuses
- Trucks and Vans
- Mopeds and motorbikes
You could also claim if you were on foot and were hit or knocked down by a vehicle.
What Can I Claim Compensation For?
Injuries caused by road accidents abroad can vary from being minor to life changing, and in the worst case, fatal. Whatever the situation, it’s important that you get the support you need as quickly as possible.
Some of the things you could claim for include:
- Pain and suffering
- Lack of enjoyment of your holiday
- Personal expenses, including travel insurance excess and medical fees
Loss of Earnings if You Can't Work because of Your Injuries
- Future loss of earnings, pensions and other expenses
- Care and rehabilitation
- Damage to your vehicle
The amount you can claim for these losses, and their value, will depend on the law of the country where the accident took place.
We understand that something as serious as a car accident abroad can not only leave you with a physical injury, but can have a long lasting effect on your everyday life and mental wellbeing. Our Holiday Accident Claims Solicitors will work hard to get you the help you need to get your life back on track.
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