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Statistics show that in 2012, nearly 30,000 people were killed on roads in the European Union. For every one of these deaths, it is estimated that 4 people will be involved in a road accident which result in a permanent disability.


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Being involved in a road accident abroad is particularly stressful. I would always recommend you seek advice from a solicitor who has specialist knowledge and proven experience of handling holiday accident claims. We can take the stress out of making a claim whilst you concentrate on recovery from your injury.

Statistics show that in 2012, nearly 30,000 people were killed on roads in the European Union. For every one of these deaths, it is estimated that 4 people will be involved in a road accident which result in a permanent disability (including brain and spine injuries), 8 people will sustain serious injuries and 50 people will sustain minor injuries in a road traffic accident.

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident abroad, you may have the right to claim compensation when you return to the UK. This includes if you are a driver of a vehicle which was involved in a crash that wasn’t you fault, a passenger in a car or taxi, or on a pre-arranged bus or coach as part of a package holiday. As well as these, you can also claim compensation if you are involved in an accident as a cyclist or a pedestrian.

There are many factors that mean it can be much more dangerous on the road aboard, including:-

  • Roads abroad are not always up to the same standard as in the UK.
  • Drivers often do not know the law or rules for driving in that particular country.
  • Drivers may not be used to driving on a different side of the road.
  • Many vehicles may not be properly maintained and up to the usually safety standards.
  • Some vehicles (including coaches and buses) may not have seat belts to hold passengers securely in the event of an accident.
  • Younger people often with less road safety experience tend to hire mopeds and bicycles which can lead to very serious accidents and injuries.

All these factors can increase the risks of being involved in road traffic accident abroad and sustaining nasty injuries.
At Freeclaim Solicitors we are specialist accident compensation solicitors with experience in dealing with road traffic accidents abroad. We recently secured £162,000 compensation for a client who sustained serious injuries when she was a passenger in a car accident abroad. Her injuries included a fractured spine, cuts and bruises to her head and face, minor brain injury, haematoma to her liver and kidneys and a severe injury to her arm and shoulder which resulted in limited movement. This was a particularly difficult claim as it was argued there was contributory negligence as the client was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident. Despite this, Freeclaim fought tirelessly and secured the high amount of compensation deserved.

Stephanie Hunt, one of our holiday accident claims solicitor comments, “Being involved in a road accident abroad is particularly stressful. I would always recommend you seek advice from a solicitor who has specialist knowledge and proven experience of handling holiday accident claims. We can take the stress out of making a claim whilst you concentrate on recovery from your injury.”

With our wealth of knowledge you can be assured that we will fully investigate your claim, and have the experience to apply the relevant legislation to your claim depending on where your accident occurred.

To speak to someone today about starting your road accident abroad claims, or to find out more about how we could help you, visit http://www.freeclaim.co.uk 24 hours or call 0800 612 7340. 


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