Road traffic accidents abroad claims

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Road Traffic Accidents Abroad Claims

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Our lawyers have many years of experience handling personal injury claims resulting from road traffic accidents abroad. We have successfully pursued numerous high value, catastrophic claims against foreign insurers in the UK, Europe, the US and a broad range of other overseas countries.

Whether you are on holiday or on a business trip, and are the passenger or the driver of the vehicle, we can advise on the jurisdiction in which you may be entitled to bring your accident claim. If you have an accident in Europe, our lawyers will carefully consider both jurisdiction and the potential implications of Brexit in order to secure maximum damages and the enforcement of any judgment in a timely and cost effective manner.

In certain cases where a road accident occurs abroad, it may still be possible to bring the claim in the UK. English law will also apply to the assessment of liability and the value of a claim where both the claimant and defendant are ordinarily domiciled in the UK. Our depth of expertise will ensure that your claim is managed as effectively and sensitively as possible.

In addition to victims of car accidents, we regularly help those injured while travelling abroad in coaches and taxis or on motorbikes and bicycles. We also support pedestrians: recent figures show that over half of holidaymakers have experienced problems on foreign roads while on foot. For both motorists and pedestrians, it is important to be ready for the unexpected in such situations.

We have an extensive network of foreign lawyers whose skills we can call upon when required to advise on the local law and assist with road traffic cases that are pursued in distant jurisdictions. They can provide practical support such as organising site visits and liaising with the local police and hospitals. To assist progress, we also work closely with our lawyers in our international offices in Spain, France, Greece and Singapore.

We offer free initial advice without obligation. This can include guidance over the telephone, a visit from one of our specialist solicitors or a review of your documents. We offer various forms of funding, including no win no fee (conditional fee) agreements which will protect you and your family from financial risk while pursuing a claim for a road traffic accident abroad. Our team aims to ensure that you receive maximum compensation while minimising the legal costs involved. 

Recent work highlights

£14.5 million in damages following French motorway crash

Negotiating a settlement of £14.5 million on behalf of a protected party for catastrophic injuries caused by a road accident in France. The settlement is thought to be one of the highest ever French law awards approved by an English court.

Seven figure settlement for severe spinal cord injuries

Representing a British man who suffered permanent spinal cord injuries, which resulted in him being paralysed from the neck down, after being struck by a car while he was crossing the road in Bruges.

Successful outcome to German motorcycling accident claim

Securing a 100% liability judgment in favour of a motorcyclist who sustained multiple orthopaedic injuries and PTSD when he was involved in a collision with a car while on holiday in the Black Forest. The case presented numerous hurdles as the defendant car driver denied he was at fault.

Damages for motorcyclist following collision with Volkswagen

Recovering compensation for a British motorcyclist after he was hit by a local resident driving a Volkswagen vehicle in Germany. The final settlement was significantly more than the sum initially offered by the defendant's insurers.

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