During the course of our busy working days we are stopped in our tracks now and then by news stories that catch our attention. It’s often the more upsetting stories that make us stop and think like those about fatal road traffic accidents, especially when they happen on roads close to where we live.
One particular story that caught my eye recently was reported on the front page of The Cambridge News. The story reported a fatal road traffic accident on the B1061 Bradley Road at Sipsey Bridge near Newmarket.
The article described how three vehicles were involved in the horrific accident – two cars and a JCB. One of the car drivers, a 23 year-old man from Newmarket, suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. He was travelling as a passenger in the back seat of a red Audi 80 when it collided with the other two vehicles. The other car driver and the JCB driver both sustained minor injuries. Police have launched an appeal for witnesses.
It’s an unfortunate fact that accidents like this happen all over the UK in towns and cities large and small. In the year ending September 2014 a total of 1,730 people were killed in fatal road traffic accidents in the UK. This means that almost five people per day die on Britain’s roads.
With statistics like these it’s not surprising that we often read upsetting stories in our local news about fatal accidents on roads near to us.
Claiming compensation is often the last thing on people’s mind when a member of their family dies in a fatal car crash but if the accident was someone else’s fault, seeking expert legal advice from a leading personal injury law firm can help.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have years of experience in dealing with fatal injury compensation claims. Compensation following a fatal accident is calculated differently to normal personal injury claims and there are four main elements:
- A reimbursement of funeral expenses.
- Bereavement damages are paid in respect of the death of a limited category of relative (i.e. husband, wife, child under 18). This equates to £12,980.
- Loss of financial dependency to reflect the deceased’s family’s dependency on his or her earnings. A small proportion (25% to 33%) is usually deducted to reflect the fact that the deceased would have spent money on himself/herself. The calculation will also reflect the number of years that the deceased has worked.
- Cost of replacement of non-financial services such as DIY/mowing the lawn/child care.
Andrew Zajac is a Personal Injury Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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