Road traffic accidents abroad claims

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Road Traffic Accidents Abroad Claims

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.

If an accident occurs within the EU, the Fourth and Fifth Motor Directives oblige European insurers to appoint UK handling agents to deal with claims which are pursued by English claimants and their representatives. Legal proceedings can be issued directly against the responsible driver’s foreign insurer in the claimant’s court of domicile.
 
Whether you are on holiday or on a business trip, and are the passenger or the driver, any road traffic accident in the EU is subject to legislation referred to as ‘Rome II’ which governs the applicable law to be applied. In most cases liability and quantum will be determined by the foreign law, although it may be possible to claim for the cost of care according to English standards. English law will also apply to the assessment of liability where both the claimant and defendant are ordinarily domiciled in the UK.
 
In certain cases, where an accident occurs abroad and outside the EU, it may also be possible to bring the claim 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 have an extensive network of foreign lawyers whose skills we can call upon when required to advise on the local law and assist with 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.
 
We also 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. Our team aims to ensure that you receive maximum compensation while minimising the legal costs involved.

Recent work highlights

£750,000 payout after French car accident

Obtaining substantial damages for a client who received multiple injuries in a road traffic accident in France. We successfully persuaded the French Supreme Court that an English court would be the correct jurisdiction to determine the claim.


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.


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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