Examples of Road Traffic Accident Claims
DOUBLE SUCCESSFUL APPEAL AND INCREASE FOR PEDESTRIAN’S COMPENSATION OF £61,000
Miss P was knocked down by a car. She was previously represented by other Solicitors when the Motor Insurers’ Bureau declined to make any award because they were not satisfied that the car driver had driven negligently.
We successfully appealed that decision, which included a finding that there was no contributory negligence by Miss P.
The MIB offered £17,000, which they increased to £17,300.
We submitted an Appeal.
The MIB then offered £28,000. The claim was settled at £78,000.
Cyclist Received £35,000 Following Use of Google Earth to Prove His Claim
Mr W was hit by a car whilst cycling in a public car park. There were no witnesses.
The insurers for the car driver repeatedly denied liability, maintaining that Mr W was “the author of his own misfortune”, and refused to pay any compensation.
By using Google Earth to measure distance and CCTV footage to measure time, it was demonstrated that the car driver was travelling at an excessive speed.
The claim was settled at £35,000.
Increase For Passenger's Compensation Following Car Accident From £12,500 To £32,650
Mr I was a passenger in a car which left the road and turned over. He was initially represented by other Solicitors, who obtained an offer from the insurers of the car driver of £15,000 which would reduce to £12,500 if not accepted.
Mr I consulted us and, on our advice, he rejected the offer. Court proceedings were commenced, following which the claim was settled at £32,650.
Pedestrian awarded £19,000 after a car was driven at him, having initially been rejected and with increased settlement by £8,000
Mr C was a pedestrian when a car was deliberately driven at him. Application was made to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau who took the view that Mr C did not sustain injury as a consequence of a road traffic accident and they declined to deal with the claim.
Following our further representations, the MIB offered to settle the matter on a 50/50 liability basis, which they refused to increase.
Court proceedings were instituted. An offer was then made of £11,000, which was increased to £16,500 with the comment that it would be withdrawn in not accepted within 7 days. The case was settled at £19,000.
£17,800 compensation after pedestrian knocked down, with increased settlement by £7,800
Ms O was knocked down by a van. The initial response from the van driver's Insurers was that he did not hit her. Proceedings were instituted and although the Defence admitted the collision, liability was still denied.
A payment into court of £10,000 was made. The case settled 4 weeks before trial and Ms O received £17,800.
£40,000 awarded after a car struck a piece of wood, with increased settlement by £20,000
Ms H was involved in a Road Traffic Accident when her car struck a piece of wood, so causing the car to swerve and impact into a sign.
The Motor Insurers' Bureau referred to conflicting versions of the accident events, that it was not clear whether she had over-reacted to the situation and if the wood had been deposited by a negligent driver. They offered an award of £20,000.
We took issue with the MIB's interpretation of the accident circumstances and, following further detailed negotiations, an award was made of £40,000.
£20,100 for facial laceration
Miss H was involved in a Road Traffic Accident.
She received a significant laceration to her face, however the defendant insurer denied the injury had been caused in the accident.
Evidence was provided to support how the injury occurred, and the insurers eventually conceded.
An initial offer to settle the claim was made and, after negotiation, the claim settled for £20,100.
Motorcyclist injured by child on skateboard received £35,000
Mr W was involved in a Road Traffic Accident. He was a motorcyclist who was in collision with a child who came off the pavement on a skateboard directly in front of him.
Liability and the value of the claim were both in dispute and it was decided that a trial on liability would take place first of all.
At the trial on liability, the Judge found in favour of Mr W without any deduction for contributory negligence as had been alleged by the other side. Mr W sustained serious injuries, and changed his job as a result.
After obtaining medical reports and collating financial losses, the case settled before trial to determine the value of compensation. Mr W received £35,000.
£9,700 for cyclist who collided with a dog
Mr H was riding his bicycle when he collided with a dog. The Insurers for the dog owner repeatedly denied liability.
We obtained a Legal Expenses Insurance Policy and pressed on with the case. The Insurers then offered to settle liability on a 50% contributory fault basis. The compensation was ultimately settled on a 25% liability basis.
Mr H received £9,700, an increase of £3,750 on the first offer.
£7,500 for road traffic accident
Mrs F was involved in a Road Traffic Accident which resulted not only in spinal pain and bruising but also post-traumatic stress disorder and specific phobia of driving. Liability was not disputed. For pain and suffering the insurers offered £1,250 stating that should their offer be refused and proceedings instituted, then they would make a payment into court for this amount. The offer was refused, proceedings instituted and the payment into court of £1,250 duly made. Then a further payment of £3,750 was made into court. Then a further payment of £2,500 was made into court.
Mrs F received £7,500.
Car driver awarded £30,000, having initially been rejected.
Miss P was involved in an accident whilst driving her car, when she sustained significant personal injuries.
However, the other vehicle did not stop and Application was made to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
The MIB refused to make an award and so we submitted an Appeal.
The Appeal was allowed , albeit with a 25% reduction for fault on her part. Miss P received £30,000.
£500,000 awarded to pedestrian crushed by a lorry having initially been rejected, with increased settlement of £65,000
Mr L was a pedestrian and severely crushed by a lorry, which did not stop.
Application was submitted to the Motor Insurers' Bureau, but the MIB refused to make an award.
We lodged an Appeal, which was granted with no reduction for fault on Mr L's part.
Mr L was awarded £500,000, a £65,000 increase on the first offer.
Road traffic accident results in increased settlement by £18,000
Mrs M was involved in a Road Traffic Accident. She first went to Solicitors who recommended she accept £2,000.
Having consulted us; settlement was reached, after the institution of proceedings, at £20,000.
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