Road Traffic Accidents Abroad Compensation Claims

Should you suffer a road traffic accident whilst travelling abroad it may still be possible to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation in the UK.

Whether a claim for compensation can be brought in England or Wales will depend upon the circumstances in which the accident occurred, where it occurred and who was to blame.

A claim for personal injury compensation can be brought in England or Wales in the following circumstances:

  • Where the negligent driver was also from England or Wales;
  • Where the negligent driver was not from England or Wales but was driving for a UK employer;
  • Where the journey had been arranged as part of a package by a UK tour operator, in accordance with the Package Tour Regulations. This would include for example transfers from an airport to a hotel, paid for within the package deal. This would apply whether it was a holiday or a business trip.

Where the above circumstances do not apply it may still be possible to pursue a claim in the UK if the accident occurred within the European Union. Under the 4th and 5th EU Motor Directives a UK Insurer or the MIB may be appointed to deal with any claim for compensation within the UK. Having said this any compensation awarded would be determined by the law applicable to the country where the accident occurred.

Should your accident occur outside of the European Union and the negligent driver is not from the UK, it will be necessary to instruct lawyers within the country where the accident occurred unless the Package Tour Regulations apply. Different time limits apply in different countries and as a consequence you should seek legal advice from a personal injury specialist within the relevant country without delay.

At Sintons our personal injury specialists can advise you fully on the prospects of pursuing a personal injury compensation claim arising from a road traffic accident abroad.

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.

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