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Car drivers are required by law to have motor insurance. This ensures that if a passenger, pedestrian or other road user is injured as a result of their negligence, the injured victim can obtain financial compensation for their injuries and losses.

What are car accident claims?

If a driver, pedestrian or other road user has been seriously injured as a result of a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, they may be entitled to compensation.

We have helped clients make car accident injury claims when they were:

A car passenger in a private vehicle

  • where the driver of the same car caused the accident;
  • where another vehicle driver caused the accident;
  • where the accident was caused by someone else, such as the highway authority. 

A passenger in a taxi

  • where the taxi driver caused the accident;
  • where another vehicle caused accident;
  • where the accident was caused by something else – eg highway authority.

Where someone has died as a result of negligence in a car accident, a claim may be made on behalf of their partner, dependants or those entitled under their estate.

We have also recovered compensation for clients who have suffered severe psychological injury from witnessing their child, parent or partner’s death or injury in an accident that was caused by somebody else.

Starting your car accident claim 

Our experienced car accident claims lawyers help individuals and their families recover, rehabilitate and rebuild their lives after devastating injury following an accident.

Even where the driver was not insured to drive the car, or is untraced after leaving the scene of a hit and run, the insurance industry will often compensate the injured victim via the Motor Insurer’s Bureau (MIB).

The law and the insurance industry recognise that car accidents can cause life-changing injuries, and that those who are injured as a result of negligence are entitled to compensation.

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Why choose Boyes Turner

Our clients receive the highest standards of advice and representation and are always treated with compassion, outstanding care and understanding of the physical, emotional, psychological and financial impact that life-changing injuries can have upon their lives.

  • We are nationally acclaimed personal injury lawyers. We are recognised as leading personal injury experts by Chambers Directory and Legal 500.
  • Our award-winning solicitors are accredited for our expertise and secure maximum compensation settlements for our clients which make the best provision for their current and future needs.
  • We have an extensive and highly experienced personal injury team with proven skills to succeed in high value, complex claims involving serious injury and severe physical and psychological injury.
  • We specialise in claims of maximum severity arising from life-changing injury and severe disability, and for clients with extensive needs for rehabilitation and ongoing care.
  • We are experts in securing early funding for rehabilitation to optimise our clients’ recovery by timely, appropriate and coordinated treatment, whilst ensuring that maximum compensation is obtained to replace lost income and provide for necessary adapted housing, vehicles and equipment, therapies and care.
  • We are also known for the outstanding settlements we achieve in highly complex, difficult or sensitive cases, particularly involving teenagers or allegations of contributory negligence. We have supported many families through the challenges and suffering caused by devastating accidents.

Car accident injury claims frequently asked questions

What negligent mistakes lead to car accident injury claims?

Car accidents are often caused by one or more of the following driver errors:

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What are common injuries from car accidents?

We have helped recover compensation for clients after car accidents left them with injuries including:

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What compensation can I claim after being injured in a car accident?

We investigate each client’s claim carefully and obtain expert medical evidence to ensure that we understand the full extent of our client’s injuries and the impact of any disability on their life. The amount of compensation that an injured client or a bereaved family receives depends on the injured person’s injury and their individual circumstances. Serious injury claims may include compensation for:

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Contributory negligence - can I claim if I was partly to blame?

Car accidents and resulting injuries can have more than one cause. When the injured person’s own behaviour was partly to blame for their injuries in an accident that was caused by someone else, this is known as contributory negligence. Where the injured person’s contributory negligence increased their risk of harm from an accident or made their injuries worse, their compensation may be reduced by a percentage which represents their own part in causing their injury.

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What are common types of contributory negligence car accident claims?

Common types of contributory negligence in car accident claims where we have succeeded in recovering compensation for the injured person include:

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How do we support families with sensitive car accident claims?

We understand the challenges faced by families as they struggle to cope and adapt after a car accident causes life-changing injury. Cars are often the preferred way for families and groups of friends to travel together, so car accidents often affect multiple people. Depending on the circumstances, feelings of guilt, blame, and loss after a traumatic accident can also harm the relationships between family and friends.

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Can I claim for stress after a car accident?

If you have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault, aside from your physical injuries you might also suffer from anxiety and/or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). All these injuries will be taken into consideration when calculating the amount of compensation you should receive. 

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Who pays for car accident personal injury claims?

If your car accident was caused by another driver the compensation claim for your injuries is usually paid by the company they have insurance with.

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How long does a car accident claim take to settle?

It is difficult to establish exactly how long car accident claims take to settle  as it does depend on several factors like the severity of injuries and/or if the other person admits they were at fault. Calculating an average time based on cases we have worked on, it can take between a couple of months to three years or more.

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How long after a car accident can I claim?

In most car accident cases, you must start your claim within three years of the accident, but we strongly recommend starting the claim as soon as possible. Whilst the accident is fresh in your mind, it will give us the best chance of collecting the information needed to build a strong case. Also, if you have urgent rehabilitation needs, starting a claim right away might get you the funding necessary to cover these expenses through interim payments.

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What happens when a car accident claim goes to court?

From our experience working with these types of cases for over 30 years, most car accident cases settle before reaching court. In the UK it is believed only 1% of personal injury cases go to Court, so car accident claims are only a fraction of that.

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How do I make a claim after a car accident?

The first step to take is to get in touch with us to find out if we can help you with your car accident claim. Our initial consultation is free of charge and we will ask you some questions about the circumstances of the accident and the injuries you have sustained.

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Meet your specialist team

Our specialist Car accident injury claims team are considered leaders in the field and have a significant amount of expertise.
Kim Milan

Kim Milan

Senior Partner

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Claire Roantree


Martin Anderson

Martin Anderson

Associate Solicitor

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Oliver Dugdale


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Beth Hatton


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Awards & accreditations

Our medical negligence and personal injury teams have been nationally recognised for over 20 years because of their expertise, empathy and commitment to securing maximum compensation for our clients.

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What our clients say


Kim at Boyes Turner was recommended to me after I had received ineffective service from another company. From the outset, Kim has been professional, reassuring and supportive. I have always had faith in her ability to get the best outcome, not only financially, but also in helping my rehabilitation from a traumatic brain injury. She is friendly and empathetic, with unquestionable professional integrity. She was quick to grasp the important issues in my case, was meticulous in her investigating the details and analysing them, realistic in what the outcomes were likely to be and achieved a successful outcome.

I would not hesitate in recommending her and Boyes Turner.

Boyes Turner Client

"Amazing people"

Almost 5 years ago my sons suffered a life changing brain injury accident. A new life for everyone, so many unknowns so many difficult decisions. I met Claire and the team shortly after the accident. So many questions answered but more than that, amazing lovely people. Claire has been guiding me and the family throughout this ordeal with such compassion, there every time I needed her we couldn’t of asked for a nicer person. I have met many others with in Boyes Turner and all have been genuine lovely people, I’m now working with Ruth and Lindsay from the court of protection. Again, I can't say enough about them amazing lovely people. They truly do won't the best for my son and they did and continue to do so.

Barry Williams

"Personal Injury Claim"

Claire is exceptionally knowledgeable in the personal injury legal domain, especially in the specific area of my injury. From our very first conversation, she was clear in explaining the potential different routes that the process could take and provided me with expectations of what I could expect along the journey.

She ensured that all bases were covered, organising meetings, discussions and necessary specialist appointments, in order to bring together the case and take it forward. Claire was then able to use her extensive pool of contacts, to appoint an "area leading" barrister, to represent me.

Overall, I was very pleased with appointing Claire and Boyes Turner to act as my solicitor for the legal claim that I pursued. Thank you for all of your support.

Boyes Turner Client

"Boyes turner workplace injury claim"

I approached Claire Roantree of Boyes Turner in regards to making a claim about a workplace burns injury. It was something that had scarred me physically and mentally and taken a huge toll on the lives of me and my family. Claire wasted no time in finding out what happened and made sure I was treated by known experts and quickly finding an answer to my burns scarring and how I could be treated to help manage my pain. Claire also helped me by appointing a psychiatrist to understand my situation and help me cope with post traumatic stress disorder. As well as taking as much stress of the claim away, she was thorough in every situation, making sure I had the best possible claim, and handled it all expertly, I am so very grateful to her and her team. They have helped guide my life back into a positive direction and I can't thank her enough!

Boyes Turner Client

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Excellent service from Claire and her team at all times. We were kept up to date at each stage of our claim. The outcome was much better than we expected and we would not hesitate to recommend Boyes Turner to family and friends.

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