Road Traffic Accidents

The articles set out below, which are on the Grigor & Young Website, deal with various aspects of personal injury law relating to compensation claims arising out of road traffic accidents.

Road traffic accidents (What to do when an accident occurs)

It is a sad but inevitable fact that every day of the week people find themselves involved in road traffic accidents.

The consequences can vary from minor scratches to car, driver or passenger to the complete destruction of your vehicle and serious personal injury.

At a time which can be physically and emotionally distressing, it is often difficult to remember what you need to do.

In this article, we will consider the things you need to have in mind in the aftermath of an accident so you can protect your position as fully as possible. There are a number of hyperlinks to other, related articles on this website, and on the Moray Claims website,which we hope you find useful.

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Reduce your risk of Whiplash Injury by doing the Head Rest Test

Taking a few extra seconds before any car journey could help to minimise the risk of injury to the driver and any passengers.

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is urging vehicle travellers to “Do the Headrest Test” and protect themselves, by ensuring that their headrests are in the correct position.

This is APIL’s theme for Injury Prevention Day (15 August 2018), supported by motoring safety experts, Thatcham Research. APIL campaigns to improve safety standards and is a not-for-profit organisation. [Read more…]

Third Party Capture In Personal Injury Claims (Help From A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing)

Suspend your disbelief for a moment.

Imagine it’s the final of the football World Cup 2014, Germany have not scored a late extra-time winner against Argentina. Instead, the match goes to penalties, tied at 0-0.

Each side scores in turn from the spot until Lionel Messi hits the bar with Argentina’s fifth effort. It leaves Thomas Müller with the chance to win the cup for Germany, with his team’s fifth penalty.

As the centre forward begins the long walk from the centre circle to the penalty area, the goalkeepers for each team appear to be conferring. Suddenly, they swap shirts and, as the ball is placed on the penalty spot, it’s not Argentina’s Sergio Romero in goal but instead his German counterpart, Manuel Neuer.

Of course, Neuer was shortlisted for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014. Though he came third, behind Messi and the winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, presumably, his argument was that Argentina would be better off with the “best” keeper in the world in goal for the crucial penalty.

What could possibly go wrong for Argentina? [Read more…]

Pothole Damage Compensation Claims

Anyone who drives on the roads will know the juddering “crunch” that can come from hitting a pothole.

Whether it’s your own car, or a lorry from a haulage business’s fleet of vehicles, damage caused by a pothole in the road can be expensive, as well as annoying.

Potholes tend to appear most frequently during Winter but, of course, you need to be on the lookout for them at all times. In Moray, trunk roads, such as the A95 and A96, are the responsibility of BEAR Scotland. Other roads are within the remit of the local authority, The Moray Council.

If your vehicle suffers damage as the result of striking a pothole, you’ll want to consider the possibility of claiming back any repair costs from a third party, rather than claiming it off your own insurance (assuming you have comprehensive insurance). [Read more…]

If I Wasn’t Wearing My Seatbelt Can I Still Make A Personal Injury Claim?

You have to keep a lot of things in mind to do, if you have been involved in a road traffic accident.

Among other things, you need to sort out your vehicle, notify your insurance company and get any injuries looked at by your GP or at the hospital.

These are all things you must do as soon as possible after an accident.

Later, you may wish to consider whether to make a claim for your personal injuries and other losses from the accident.

We often get enquiries from people who have been injured but are concerned that they have blown their chances of claiming. How are your prospects affected if you did not have your seatbelt on in the accident? Are you prevented from claiming successfully for personal injury compensation? [Read more…]