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Road Traffic Accidents

Road Traffic Accidents

If you have ever been unfortunate enough to be involved in a road traffic accident, our expert solicitors can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Whether you were a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian, if you were injured through no fault of your own, you have the right to claim compensation.

Road traffic accidents can have a big impact on your life. It can cause not just pain and suffering from physical injury but also long-term psychological suffering. Those involved may never fully recover and may even suffer long-term medical problems.

Step 1

Get in touch using our contact forms or any details provided throughout the site.

Step 2

We arrange a free consultation with you to discuss the case

Step 3

If accepted we will action your case on a no win no fee basis.

That is why we here at HNK Solicitors ensure you get the best quality rehabilitation and treatment and work tirelessly to offer round the clock care and support to help you adapt and look to the future. We put client care at the forefront of our cases to ensure you are not left out of pocket, so you can focus on recovery and look to the future.

Our team is here to help and support you every step of the way and ensure you have the money you need to pay for treatment, bills, loss of earnings and any future expenses incurred because of your accident. We even offer a no-win, no-fee service, so it won’t cost you a penny to start your claim.

Road Traffic Accident Statistics

The Department for Transport statistics confirmed there were 160,378 reported casualties from road traffic accidents in 2018. This figure must be taken with caution however as that is reported injuries to the police only. Many people suffer injuries and do not report these to the police, so the actual number of injuries sustained in road traffic accident is known to be significantly higher.


There were 25,484 seriously injured people as a result of road traffic accidents in the same year which is astounding given car safety is supposedly on the up. In addition, 1,782 people were in fatal accidents in 2018.


Injuries from road traffic accidents can be devastating and life changing therefore it is vital you appoint an experienced solicitor to represent you in obtaining compensation for your injuries, rehabilitation, possible future care needs or if you are claiming compensation following a fatal accident involving a family member.

Making a claim

Usually, you have three years from the date of the accident to put forward your claim, but this can vary in some cases. If a family member under the age of 18 has suffered injury or trauma as a result of a road traffic accident, you can claim on their behalf.


Contact HNK today to start your claim and we will provide you with a dedicated case handler who will get to know you and ensure you receive the best possible immediate treatment and care, whilst offering expert advice.

HNK are experts in handling:

  • Car accident claims for drivers and passengers
  • Cycling accident claims
  • Motorcycle accident claims
  • Pedestrian accident claims
  • Public transport claims
  • Whiplash injury claims
  • Uninsured/untraced driver accidents
  • Fatal accident claims
  • Serious injury claims
  • Amputations

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Get in touch

Fill out the below form and one of our advisors will get in touch to arrange a consultation about your claim.

Call 0151 203 1104 Mon – Thu 09:00-19:00
Fri – 09:00-17:00

How we can help

We have a dedicated team of road traffic accident solicitors with years of experience and expertise in handling road traffic accident claims and supporting the victims of them. HNK tailor our services to each case, ensuring each person gets the specialist support and advice they need.

We have helped clients from all over England and Wales claim thousands in compensation for road traffic accidents. Our main aim is ensuring you get the support you need to recover from your injuries and fighting to get the compensation and justice you deserve.

Free Consultation

We provide a free no-obligation discussion about your case and offer help and advice on how best to proceed.


We provide a free no-obligation discussion about your case and offer help and advice on how best to proceed.

Client Communication

We return all telephone calls the same day if received before noon, reply to all emails and provide face to face appointments within 24 hours, reply to any letters in 48 hours and provide written updates on your case every 28 days.

Who are the Motor Insurers Bureau and what do they do?

The Motor Insurers Bureau (“MIB”) is a private governed body set up to compensate victims involved in road traffic collisions with an uninsured and/or untraced driver.

The MIB shall conduct a variety of investigations to ensure that they are satisfied that an incident has occurred as described before making a decision as to whether they shall compensate the victim. This can include a witness statement from the victims involved, obtaining the Police report, liaising with the victim’s insurance company and obtaining medical records/evidence.
Unfortunately, the MIB is not bound by timescales, however, as a rule of thumb, they tend to work on matters a minimum of every 28 days.

What is fee remission and does it affect my agreement?

Fee remission is an application made to the Court at the time of commencing legal proceedings. The application is to establish whether you meet the criteria to have your legal proceedings fees waived and/or reduced.

It is important to establish whether you qualify for fee remission as should you fail to apply for the same and your case subsequently settles then the Defendant shall not reimburse any sums paid in respect of legal proceedings.

Should you not qualify for fee remission and we believe prospects to commence legal proceedings are reasonable, we shall meet the cost of the legal proceeding’s fees on your behalf under the agreement you have in place with us. The fees will thereafter be recovered from the Defendant upon conclusion of your case.

In the unfortunate event that legal proceedings are issued and you are unsuccessful due to no fault of your own and have followed our advice, the fees paid by us shall be waived.

Making an application for fee remission will not impact upon the agreement you already have in place with our firm.

What does causation mean?

Causation is frequently raised in accidents involving an injury and can be raised for several reasons, regardless of whether or not a breach of duty/liability has been admitted.

One of the main reasons is whether the accident was sufficient enough to cause you an injury. Should the Defendant take the view that it was not then they will raise causation as an issue. In instances like this, we shall endeavour to obtain evidence to prove that, on the balance of probability, an injury was sustainable from the incident, this can include obtaining medical records, vehicle repair documents, and accident locus images.

One of the other reason’s causation may be raised is late presentation. Even though any party involved in an accident has a period of 3 years from the date, or 18th birthday if a minor at the time, to present their case the Defendant may raise the delay as an issue, questioning whether the incident was, in fact, the cause of any alleged pain.

To avoid a late presentation argument, we would advise anyone injured in a road traffic accident to contact HNK immediately to begin their case.

Commencing contested legal proceedings, does this mean I have to go to trial?

Despite commencing legal proceedings, it does not automatically mean you will need to attend a Court hearing.
Whilst it cannot be guaranteed that you will not need to attend a Court hearing, a Defendant at any time during the proceedings process can enter into settlement negotiations. As a firm, this is a conclusion we always pursue to avoid our clients having to attend a Court hearing.

In the unfortunate event that settlement negotiations cannot be achieved then we shall ensure that you are fully prepared to attend a Court hearing and shall instruct a Barrister to represent you on the day. Our preparation includes a conference with the said Barrister prior to the hearing to discuss matters in detail, receiving the necessary papers which shall be presented to the Court to read through and finally telephone conversations on the days leading to a Court hearing to answer any questions you may have.

Infant approval hearings – why are these necessary and why can’t the child have the money now?

An infant approval hearing is necessary in any case involving a minor and provides assurance from a Judge that the settlement award is reasonable for the injury sustained.

Following the hearing the settlement sum, less any deductions shall be invested until such time the minor turns 18 years of age upon which they shall receive the sum invested plus interest. By doing this, it is guaranteed that the compensation award benefits the minor only.

The hearing itself is relatively informal, lasting no more than 15 – 20 minutes, and shall be in your local Court. You will have a legal representative of our firm at this hearing and it will be questioned whether the minor has made a full recovery and if so, when. You will also be required to produce the minor’s original Birth Certificate to prove identity and enable a Court Funds account to be set up.

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  • Michelle and the team acted quickly and efficiently to get me my compensation after a hit and run incident. Quite happy with the end result. Thankyou team HNK solicitors.

    Brygida Domka
  • I found dealing with the motor insurance Bureau to be extremely frustrating, your firm took care of all their Helter-Skelter bureaucracy and won. Initially they told me I wasn’t entitled to any payment! So thankyou Higgs Newton Kenyon

    Stephen Trevor O’Grady
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