The other party in my road traffic accident is saying they weren’t to blame, can I still make a claim?
Occasionally a road traffic accident will occur in which blame and fault are simple and obvious, but the vast majority of the time the different parties, whether they’re two drivers, a driver and a pedestrian, a cyclist and a driver or any other combination, will have wildly differing versions of how the accident occurred. This is only natural, of course, but it does tend to make the process of seeking compensation for any injuries you’ve received a little bit more complicated.
If you’ve been injured in an RTA that was caused by the negligence of another party, then you’ve every right to make a claim for compensation. It’s not a question of cashing in or punishing anyone – the injuries resulting from a car crash can be anything from cuts and bruises up to severe disablement and it’s only right that you should receive compensation for any pain and suffering caused and also to ensure that you don’t end up being out of pocket.
In the immediate aftermath of an accident, as tempers run high and accusations are thrown back and forth, a fair and balanced judgement may seem difficult to imagine, but an experienced personal injury lawyer will sift through the evidence you bring to them and come to an honest appraisal of whether there’s a case worth pursuing.
Even if the other party continues to deny negligence and shift the blame it will be up to the court to decide where the truth lies, and it will be up to your solicitor, working with you, to present the strongest possible case.
If you feel that you’ve been injured due to the reckless or careless behaviour of another party then don’t let their belligerence stop you from seeking the justice which is truly yours. The no win no fee system means that lawyers are only likely to take on cases which they feel have a strong chance of succeeding, so this alone should be reassuring, and in many cases the denial of blame is merely a tactic designed to discourage the pursuit of a claim. No matter what the circumstance, your personal injury lawyer will explain precisely how the process works and ensure that you are heading in the right direction.