We wish everyone travelling abroad a safe journey this Christmas. The roads can be hectic in the UK at this time of year, but what can you do if you’re heading to a home overseas for the festive season and you’re involved in a road traffic accident?
With so many people trying to make it home for the festive season, due to less light and weather conditions, accidents are sadly common on the roads this time of year. But what about overseas? For the many people making their way home for Christmas in other continents, you may think that if you were involved in a road traffic accident abroad that you would need to make a compensation claim in the country where the accident occurred, but this isn’t the case.
Slater and Gordon travel litigation lawyers have represented many people, including those of other nationalities who were involved in road traffic accidents overseas and are yet living in the UK. You may want to take a look at our previous blog for information and previous cases concerning road traffic accidents in Poland.
Travelling Through Spain this Christmas?
If you’re travelling in Spain from 1 January 2016 after spending Christmas and New Year’s Eve abroad and are unfortunately involved in a road traffic accident, new rules benefit those involved in a road traffic accident in Spain.
Making the Best Case for an Overseas Road Traffic Accident Compensation Claim
To increase your chances of a road traffic accident abroad compensation claim you can:
- try to collect as much evidence as possible, including photos of the site and damage;
- report the accident to the police;
- make a written account as soon as possible, which will also help in case you cannot remember after the event;
- collect contact details, this may prove difficult if you speak a different language, but if at all possible, it is important to exchange details with others involved in the accident, along with contact information of any witnesses to support your claim;
- seek medical attention as soon as possible.
When taking the next step and seeking legal advice, it is important that you contact a specialist travel litigation lawyer for overseas accidents.
Slater and Gordon travel litigation lawyers have extensive experience in pursuing claims for people injured in an accident on holiday, including a client who was in Kenya when the driver of a coach misjudged a manoeuvre and collided into a lorry causing death and personal injuries to its passengers. Our client, aged 20 at the time of the accident, fortunately survived but had sustained significant injuries. A confidential settlement was awarded for damages and our client is now looking to move on with her life and will be turning over a new leaf this coming 2016. For further information, you can read our case study here.
Whether you’re driving, taking public transport, or travelling as a passenger this winter, we wish you a safe journey and a merry Christmas.
If you or a member of your family was injured in a road traffic accident overseas, Slater and Gordon’s no win, no fee solicitors can help you with your claim for compensation. You can call us on freephone 0800 916 9046, on +44 20 7657 155 from abroad, or alternatively you can contact us online.