Motorway Accident Claims Compensation Calculator
If you have been injured in a motorway accident that was not your fault, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Although the money you receive won't be able to undo the damage that has been caused to you, it can help pay towards vehicle repair costs and medical expenses. To discuss your compensation claim, contact us today.
Causes of Motorway Accidents
Driving on a motorway is far riskier than driving on a normal road. One of the main reasons why motorway driving is more dangerous is the significantly increased speed limit. On a normal road, the speed limit is set somewhere between 20 mph and 30 mph; roads that are located close to schools and other public areas are usually set closer to 20 mph than 30 mph to reduce the risk of injury to the public. On a motorway, however, the average speed limit is 70 mph, meaning an accident is much more likely to happen; furthermore, the effects of an accident at 70 mph are likely to be much more severe than an accident at 30 mph.
The increased speed on motorways means drivers have to be more aware of their surroundings and drive more carefully than they would usually. The majority of accidents on the motorway are caused by drivers' behaviour and can be avoided. Common causes of accidents include:
- -Being nervous of the increased speed limit and new rules of the road
- -Not leaving enough space between your car and the car in front
- -Failing to signal when overtaking
- -Driving under the influence of alcohol
- -Being too tired to drive properly
To help avoid accidents from happening, motorways have their own unique set of safety rules that all road users are expected to adhere to. These rules include:
- -Keeping a larger distance than is legally necessary between you and the car in front of you
- -Keep to the left of the motorway
- -Slow-moving vehicles should always remain in the very left-hand lane
- -Not driving on the hard shoulder (this area is reserved for emergencies)
If you were involved in a motorway accident that was caused by another road user's negligent, you should make a claim for compensation.
Motorway Driving - Facts and Figures
- -In 2017, 2,000 people died on the UK's roads; a further 20,000 were seriously injured
- -Accidents are most likely to happen on long, tedious roads, such as motorways and country roads
- -Around 100 people die on motorways every year, amounting to 5% of all road deaths
- -Most accidents happen in broad daylight, but tiredness is still a factor in many accidents
- -Not paying enough attention to the road (either because of distractions in or around the vehicle, being under the influence of alcohol, or being too tired to drive) is the main cause of accidents
Can I make a claim?
You should make a compensation claim if you have been involved in a motorway accident that was not your fault. Compensation will be awarded to help cover the cost of vehicle repairs to the innocent party and to compensate the victim financially for any physical or emotional trauma they have had to endure.
If you were involved in an accident that was partly your fault and partly the fault of another road user, you may still be able to claim compensation but the amount you receive will be reduced.
How much compensation can I get?
The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on the extent of your injuries and whether you were to blame for any part of the accident. Compensation payouts vary significantly and can range from £500 for a minor whiplash claim, or £100,000 or more for a serious injury claim. Victims who are left with severe and disabling injuries such as brain damage, spinal injuries or catastrophic injuries to their limbs usually receive the highest sums. Our compensation calculator has been designed to help you gauge an idea of how much compensation you are likely to receive.
What are the time restrictions for making a claim?
If you have been involved in a motorway accident, you will have three years from the date of the accident to make a claim. It's always better to make a claim sooner than later, though, so if you have been injured in a motorway accident, call us now to discuss your case. The sooner a case is brought to legal attention, the more likely it is that a win will be secured; this is because your memory of the event, witness statements and supporting evidence will still be fresh.