Compensation for fatal road traffic accidents
The United Kingdom has one of the lowest road accident fatality rates in Europe. In 2012 1,754 lost their lives in car accidents across the UK, which means, on average, five people die on our roads every day.
For those left behind such statistics are, of course, irrelevant. Losing a loved one in a car accident is surely one of the most painful experiences anyone can endure, and it can be immensely difficult to move forward. Though it is hard to think of financial matters at such times, it’s important to realise that you may be entitled to claim substantial compensation for your loss. While any payout will never make up for the death of a loved one, it can help to make life that little bit easier, particularly for those who were financially dependent on their partner or parent.
The Premise of Claiming for a Road Traffic Fatality
All road users owe a duty of care to take reasonable care to avoid causing harm to others on the road. If an individual breaches their duty to other road users by acting negligently and causes the death of another person, they will be liable to pay damages to the family of the victims.
The team at 24Hr Accident Helpline have helped many people to successfully claim compensation after the death of someone close to them, and our team are trained and adept at treating such cases with the utmost respect, tact and empathy.
Who Can Claim for a Road Traffic Accident Fatality?
If you are a dependent of the deceased or a close relative of someone who has lost their life in a car accident then you are entitled to make a compensation claim. Children of the individual and those who have effectively been treated as such – including those who have been adopted and step-children – can claim, as can parents, grandparents and other immediate family including siblings, aunts and uncles.
Married partners and those in civil partnerships are eligible to claim, and so too in many cases are cohabiting partners of the deceased, if they lived together for at least two years prior to the accident. In some cases, former spouses may also be eligible to make a claim.
What can be claimed?
The exact damages that you can claim for will depend on many factors. Close relatives are entitled to receive a statutory bereavement payment of £11,800 if it can be proven that the other party was responsible for causing the accident. Reasonable funeral expenses will also be paid to the claimant.
Partners, spouses and children of the deceased are also entitled to make a ‘dependency claim’ to account for the loss of financial income brought by the partner or parent. This aspect of the claim is particularly important if the deceased was the main breadwinner.
Our lawyers will take the time to evaluate your claim and give you a fairly accurate estimate of how much compensation you are likely to receive. We are aware that this will be important due the extra stress and costs involved during this tragic time. Let us handle this process for you so it is one less thing for you to think about.
Let Us Assist You
Not only are our lawyers fully trained and qualified to handle the technical aspects of your claim, but they are also sensitive to the needs and requirements of those who have been recently bereaved.
We work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, allowing you the freedom to claim compensation without fearing for your financial security.
Contact us today to discuss your claim using this contact form to arrange a call back from one of our legal experts at a time that suits you. Alternatively, you can call our office on 0800 689 1964.
Remember – you don’t have to face the battle for compensation on your own; 24Hr Accident Claims are there to help you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.