Fatal Road Traffic Accidents Compensation Claims
Every fatal accident represents a personal tragedy but this is amplified when the victim leaves behind a family who were financially dependent upon them. In such circumstances where the accident was not the victims fault it may be possible to recover personal injury compensation to reduce this financial burden.
The personal injury compensation that can be recovered following a fatal road traffic accident is the same as with any fatal injury claim and many of the same problems may arise in attempting to establish negligence against another party.
Often there may be no living witnesses to describe how the accident occurred or to dispute the version of events provided by the other party. In such circumstances it is most important that you instruct a personal injury solicitor who specialises in fatal accident claims. They will need to liaise with the police in relation to any investigation that is undertaken and to ensure that you have representation at the subsequent inquest.
It is also important to recognise that for the police to successfully prosecute another party, they must prove ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ that they were responsible for the accident. This is often difficult. The standard of proof when pursuing a fatal accident claim is different. Instead it is only necessary to show that ‘on the balance of probabilities’ the other party was at fault. Accordingly should the police fail to bring prosecution or fail at trial, it may still be possible to pursue a successful claim for personal injury compensation.
Where the other party remains unknown it may still be possible to pursue a successful claim for compensation under the MIB untraced driver scheme.
At Sintons our personal injury specialists have a wealth of experience in pursuing successful compensation claims arising from fatal road traffic accidents even where no prosecution was possible.
All personal injury claims are pursued on a No Win No Fee basis so you can rest assured that there is no financial risk.
To begin a personal injury compensation claim or obtain further advice with no obligation contact Sintons 24/7.