Road traffic accident claims abroad

If you have been a victim of a road traffic accident abroad then you may be able to make a claim for compensation on the basis of an injury or damage suffered as a result. Many people don’t realise that this is possible when the accident happened in another country, however, our specialist solicitors could help you successfully obtain compensation if this has happened to you, call us on 0203 816 0065 for some free initial advice.

Our road traffic accident solicitors have a wide range of experience acting on compensation claims abroad and our knowledgeable team can help with most sets of circumstances, whether you were in a car, motorcycling or injured as a pedestrian - just give us a call and we will go through the whole process with you ensuring you get the kind of compensation that you deserve. We work on a no win no fee basis so there is no financial risk to you.

What is my injury compensation claim worth?

Try our interactive personal injury claims calculator using the link below to find out how much compensation you may be entitled after an accident which resulted in injury.

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Road accident abroad FAQs

Am I more likely to have an accident abroad?

Unfortunately, accidents are often not preventable as we just don’t see them coming. Traffic accidents in countries overseas may be the result of unusual local traffic systems, different standards of care on the part of local drivers and being unfamiliar with customs that are not part of the official local traffic rules. Many of us now choose to take our cars abroad with us, whether we are planning a driving holiday or just prefer the convenience of being able to travel independently. Car and bike rental is also extremely popular with many people who want to explore the areas they are visiting. With more people on the roads and more people driving abroad unfortunately accidents do sometimes happen.

Don’t you have to claim locally for an RTA abroad?

No, it’s not the case that a claim for compensation for a traffic accident abroad has to be made in the country where the accident occurred. It is possible to make a claim via the English courts for a foreign accident and this is something that our road traffic accident team can help you with.

What is the law and how does this work?

For accidents that took place in Europe there are European directives - specifically the EU 4th and 5th Motor Insurance Directives - that are designed to ensure a UK handling agent is appointed by a European insurer. This handling agent deals with the claims in English and is able to structure a timetable for the claim so you know what is happening and when. Thanks to the EU directives there are fewer issues with language based obstacles or cultural differences and this can make settling a claim much more straightforward.

Does the action always take place in England?

We can offer advice that is flexible enough for most eventualities. If it’s not possible to begin your action for compensation in England then we can also help if it becomes necessary to use the legal system in a different country instead. We work with a network of law firms all over the world to ensure that we can provide our clients with comprehensive advice for traffic accident claims abroad. 

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    Specialist personal injury solicitor Cecilia Frodsham discusses holiday accident compensation claims. 

    Cecilia talks about the type of accident you could suffer whilst on holiday, including accidents by the swimming pool and road accidents. She also provides guidance on what you should consider before going on holiday and what to do if you are involved in an accident.

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