If you have been injured in a car crash, the key to making a successful personal injury claim is to prove that the other party was responsible for the accident in which you were injured.
If you have not already done so, it will help your case if you take down the names and addresses and telephone numbers of witnesses to your accident. You should also report your accident to the police immediately if you have not already done so, if you were hit by an uninsured driver or you were involved in a hit and run. The next step is to seek out legal advice from accident claim solicitors who specialise in car crash claims.
How can accident claim solicitors help me?
There are strict time limits to which you can bring a car crash claim forward. The time limit for most claims is three years from the date the accident happened. Accident claim solicitors will help you to ascertain your true Date of Limitation or Date of Knowledge, because sometimes it may be the date your injuries first became clear, which could be a few days after your accident (for example, whiplash symptoms can surface a week afterwards).
If your accident happened recently or less than three years ago, then you meet the time-based criteria for making a claim. The next step is to ascertain your level of liability, which can be difficult with car crashes, even if you have a straight story. Your solicitor will attempt to locate evidence to support your claims. Evidence can include CCTV footage, dash-cam footage, witness statements, emergency service reports and much more.
How is a claim made?
Your accident claim solicitors will review your statement and if no other evidence is available to support your claim, such as CCTV or dash-cam footage, they will present your claim to the other side. Without good evidence, however, the other side may contest their own level of liability. Because of this possibility, your solicitor may take their time to build you a strong case, by presenting the facts that are backed by evidence. If liability is contested, it may be advised that you settle on a split liability agreement.
Our claim solicitors can process claims in as little as 6-8 weeks however more complex cases may take a few months to process. How long your claim will take to process depends very much on the complexity of your case and the efficiency of the other side.
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