Have you been involved in an emergency vehicle accident with a police car, ambulance or fire engine? If you have, did you realise that you can still make a claim for compensation even though it was with an official vehicle?
Emergency vehicles are required to follow the same laws as the rest of us – they have no special rights, even when they are on their way to an emergency! If you are involved in a crash with an emergency vehicle, and they are at fault, you will be able to make a claim.
In our experience, people who are involved in accidents with emergency vehicles are not very willing to claim for compensation because they feel guilty. They often feel that it’s immoral or cruel to claim when the occupants could be on their way to save someone’s life.
But, what if your life is changed forever because of an accident you have with an emergency vehicle? Shouldn’t you be entitled to have as normal a life as possible if you’ve suffered injuries because of a road traffic accident (RTA) that was not your fault? Yes, you should – that’s what compensation is for.
Speak to one of our experienced compensation claims advisors free of charge today on 01204 521133 or on live chat for a consultation. Alternatively, you can fill in one of our claims forms or use our Compensation Calculator and we’ll call you back.
Asons – The RTA Specialists
We have an experienced team of solicitors who’ll help you through the claims process. They’ll advise you on claiming for any medical treatment, rehabilitation or special equipment you need. We’ll also claim for the cost of repairs to your vehicle and replacement of any lost or damaged property.
And, as you’ll probably be unable to work for a considerable amount of time, the compensation can help you cover household costs, such as bills and food, until you can get back on your feet.
We understand that money doesn’t take away the trauma of being involved in an accident. What it does do, is help you get back to the financial position you were in before the accident happened. It’ll also help you prepare for a future that may be vastly different to the life you once led.
Claiming Compensation when you’ve had an Accident with an Emergency Vehicle?
Sadly, collisions with emergency vehicles are not that uncommon. In fact, the numbers are quite shocking. The official figures for 2012/2013 show:
- 30 civilian deaths involving police vehicles
- 23 incidents that led to these fatalities
- Average age of the deceased: 29 years
- Four fatalities were aged under 16, including one driver aged just 15
- 19 of the incidents were pursuits of another vehicle
- Four cyclists or pedestrians were hit by a car that was being pursued by police
So, there are plenty of other people claiming compensation – why shouldn’t you? Remember, even the emergency services have insurance cover. So, when you claim it’s the insurance company who’ll be paying out, not the emergency service themselves and not the person involved in the crash either.
Claiming Compensation Because You Can’t Work
If you’ve been injured as a result of an accident with an emergency vehicle, you may be unable to work. If you are working, you’ll probably be entitled to a certain amount of sickness benefit. However, this won’t last long and, once it runs out, you are going to need another form of income. This is what compensation is designed for – to make sure you don’t suffer because of someone else’s error.
Unfortunately, utility companies are only sympathetic up to a point. They will still expect you to pay your bills on time, regardless of whether you are working or not. Compensation can help alleviate financial worry at this difficult time – freeing you from the stress and worry of wondering how you’ll keep going.
The easiest way to find out if you can make a claim for compensation is to contact Asons Solicitors for a free and confidential chat.
Our Emergency Vehicle Accident Compensation Claim Experience
When you’re faced with the need to make a claim for compensation, you want to know that you have the best people for the job. Asons are at your service.
At Asons we try hard to make sure that the claims process is as straightforward as possible. There’s no legal jargon, and we explain everything in plain English so you know the current state of your claim at all times.
Our role is to take the stress away from you and your family, at a time when you need to concentrate on healing. We’ll gather the documentation for your claim quickly and efficiently, so we can make sure that you get the compensation you need to get your life back to normal as soon as possible.
Asons solicitors are very experienced in RTA compensation claims, and we’ve dealt with cases just like yours in the past. This means that we know how to gather evidence quickly and efficiently to achieve the best outcome for you.
If you want to make a claim for compensation, don’t hesitate. There’s a time limit of three years for making claims of this type. This is called a ‘statute of limitations’ and is strictly enforced – there are no exceptions. So, we’d advise you contact Asons as soon as possible if you want to begin a claim.
‘No Win, No Fee’
We’re told that the cost of making a claim is a common concern among potential clients. That’s why we work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. This means you pay nothing, not one penny, unless we win the case for you.
And, if you think you may have financial problems while waiting for settlement to be paid, or before you return to work, we can request that interim payments be paid to you.
More on ‘no win, no fee’ can be read here.
Asons are experienced at dealing with emergency vehicle accident claims. If you want to make a claim for compensation after being injured in an accident with an emergency vehicle, contact us. Our team of road traffic accident solicitors will walk you through the process, step-by-step, so there’s nothing to be worried about.