Legal Help

Contacting a Solicitor may not seem high on a person’s agenda following a serious or fatal collision. Families are engulfed in dealing with the criminal  justice system, as well as adapting to the devastating consequences of a serious or fatal collision. However, RoadPeace North East would always recommend that a family obtains legal advice at the earliest opportunity. This is because a Solicitor is independent of all of the other agencies involved, and will work for YOU.

A Solicitor will be able to advise you as to the merits of bringing a civil claim, and advantages will include a Solicitor liaising with the Police and other agencies to ensure evidence is preserved. In relation to a fatal claim, a Solicitor can provide representation at an Inquest and can ensure all appropriate questions are asked, ultimately seeking to ensure that justice is obtained for a lost loved one. Compensation can also be recovered for dependants of road death victim to ensure there is provision for a family’s future. There are different rules that apply and therefore advice should be sought on each individual case.

In relation to life changing injuries caused, a civil claim can ensure compensation is sought in respect of care and assistance that an injured person might require for the rest of his or her life, as well as claiming for financial losses which that person might suffer in employment because of the injuries sustained. A civil claim will also focus upon obtaining private rehabilitation at the earliest possible
opportunity to help to get an injured person as healthy and strong as possible, and as soon as possible.

Please note that a civil claim for personal injury or death must ordinarily be brought within 3 years of the date of an accident, and therefore it is always better to seek advice as sooner rather than later. Sometimes different time limits can apply particularly, for example, if a person is so badly injured that he or she does not understand important matters. However, advice should be obtained straightaway to avoid delay.

RoadPeace has a Legal Panel of firms which adhere to our ethos; details of this Legal Panel can be found here.