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A fatal car accident can happen in a split second, but the effect on the family members who are left behind will be felt long into the future. The sudden death of a relative is always exceptionally difficult, and knowing that someone else might be at fault for that accident makes it even harder for loved ones to come to terms with.

It’s not just the understandable emotional impact either; a fatal car accident can lead to significant financial hardship and uncertainty. Of course, we fully understand that compensation is far from being the first thing on your mind after losing a loved one, but it’s still important to know what your options are – and who you can turn to. Our specialist solicitors are here to help if making a fatal car accident compensation claim is a step that you choose to take.

Fatal car accident solicitors frequently asked questions

What is a fatal car accident?

A fatal car accident is the term for any road traffic accident involving a car that causes the death of a motorist, passenger, cyclist or any other road user. Unfortunately, such accidents are all too common. In 2018, nearly 1,800 people were killed on UK roads – the highest number (44%) of which were either car drivers or passengers.

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What causes fatal car accidents?

It’s important to remember there is no one single cause of fatal road accidents that may result in the loss of a friend or relative. It can happen to any person at any time on any road.

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Why make a fatal car accident claim?

It is something that no person should ever have to deal with. But the unfortunate reality is that you cannot prepare for the impact of a fatal car accident. It is only natural that coming to terms with the loss of a friend or family member should be your number one concern, but you should also think about what comes next. And this is where a fatal car accident claim can make a real and lasting difference to your life.

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What can you claim for if a loved one dies in a car accident?

Each fatal car accident claim is unique. It is based entirely on how the accident happened – and how it impacts those left behind. In general, however, you can expect to claim for the following:

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Can you make a fatal car accident compensation claim?

A fatal car accident injury compensation claim is made on behalf of the deceased’s estate – and their dependants. A claim is made by someone who is authorised to do so, usually with the help of a lawyer. It is likely that you’ll need a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration too.

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Who is a fatal car accident claim made against?

In most cases, car accident legal claims are made against the individual or organisation at fault for the circumstances that led to the death of your loved one. This could be another motorist or the authority responsible for the road on which the accident took place.

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How does a fatal car accident claim work?

The first step in any fatal car accident claim is to get in touch with our expert solicitors. By doing this, we can talk to you about the circumstances and find out if you could make a claim. We also take you through what is involved and anything else that you need to know before going ahead.

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What proof is needed to bring a claim?

In cases of fatal car accident claims, there are three challenges that need to be overcome:

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What documents/information do you need for your claim?

There are several documents and pieces of information that you will need in order to make a successful fatal car accident claim. These documents include:

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How much does it cost to make a claim?

In the aftermath of an accident that claims the life of a loved one, we know there is often so much to deal with. We also appreciate that, at a difficult time, the thought of making a fatal car accident compensation claim can seem daunting.

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How long do you have to make a fatal car accident claim?

Our advice is that a fatal car accident claim should be started as soon as possible, even though we do understand it is a very sensitive time for you and your family. The reason for this is to give us the best possible chance of gathering evidence and witness statements to support your claim.

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What should you do next?

For more information or to start a fatal car accident compensation claim, contact us today. Our specialist solicitors have the expert experience, skills and – most importantly – understanding. Our aim is to help families rebuild their lives in traumatic times when the worst happens.

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How can Boyes Turner help?

At a time when you are trying to come to terms with your loss, it is important to get personal and professional support you can trust.

Here at Boyes Turner, our expert fatal car accident claim solicitors have extensive experience of supporting families just like yours in similar situations. We can help you get the compensation – and answers – you need and deserve.

Our solicitors have a deep understanding of the sensitive issues involved after a fatal car accident claims the life of a loved one. You won’t ever be made to do anything until you are ready.

But, at the same time, you can depend on us to pursue a fatal car accident compensation claim in even the most complex and challenging cases. We can guide you through the process at each stage, so that you know what to expect and you won’t have to face anything on your own.

If you are unsure how to move forward after a devastating car accident, please get in touch and speak to a member of our dedicated team. Call us on 0800 124 4845 today or provide us with a few details and we will be happy to phone you back at a time that works best for you.

Why choose Boyes Turner for your fatal car accident claim

Our expert solicitors are committed to helping families rebuild their lives after the profound and sudden impact of a fatal car accident. Our team brings a substantial depth of claims experience and skills to each case, having represented the victims of accidents for nearly 40 years.

Of course, our solicitors will always keep you up to date with how your claim is progressing. We are committed to providing the essential support, guidance and reassurance you need. But there are also other reasons why we believe that you can turn to Boyes Turner with confidence.

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Our personal injury specialists are recognised as leading fatal car accident compensation claim experts by independent directories: The Legal 500 guide and Chambers and Partners.

As a company, we’re proud of our reputation in supporting families with their fatal car accident claims. Our personal injury accreditations and memberships include:

We also know that, for some, hearing from other families we’ve supported can be the best way to fully understand how we can help. Find out more about our successful fatal accident claims – and how our expertise has achieved positive outcomes for those in a similar situation to you.

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Our specialist Fatal car accident solicitors team are considered leaders in the field and have a significant amount of expertise.
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Kim Milan

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Claire Roantree


Martin Anderson

Martin Anderson

Associate Solicitor

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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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