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Fatal Road Accident Claims Explained

21st May 2019

Road accidents happen every day, and many of these can have devastating, even fatal consequences. If someone is killed in a road accident which was caused by the actions or negligence of another road user, their loved ones may be entitled to compensation. We explain how fatal road accident claims work.

For free initial advice call our Fatal Accident Solicitors on 0330 606 9587 or contact us online and we will call you.

Who to Talk To

Losing a loved one in a road accident comes suddenly, without warning and can be utterly devastating to the person's family. If you should ever find yourself in such an unfortunate position, it's likely that you'll have a lot of unanswered questions about where you should turn and what happens next. You may have questions about the coroner and inquest process, you could be wondering how you'll make ends meet financially and you might be unsure of how those responsible will be held to account.

That's why we're here. We can provide you with free initial advice over the phone, talking you through the options you have, assessing your claim and advising you on the next steps to take.

It may be possible for you to make a fatal accident claim for compensation. As well as holding those responsible to account for their actions, a fatal accident claim can also help to relieve financial pressures that you may be suffering following your loss. This could include covering the funeral costs or providing financial support for everyday expenses in the absence of your loved one's income.

Will the Coroner Be Involved?

Any death that has been caused as a result of a road accident will usually be reported to the coroner. This can seem daunting, but it is not something that you need to be apprehensive about. Currently in the UK, around 45% of all deaths are reported to the coroner, so it's not as uncommon as you might think.

The coroner's role is to establish the facts of the death, including who died and how, when and why they died. It is not for the coroner to lay blame on anyone for the death or to undertake any criminal investigations.

In order to establish the facts of the death, a post-mortem may be required and the coroner might also decide to hold an inquest into the death. An inquest will usually be held if the cause of death was violent or unnatural, unless the accident is the subject of a criminal prosecution against someone. An inquest is an official Court hearing, in which witnesses may be questioned and evidence, such as photographs and CCTV, may be presented.

If you are facing an inquest hearing following a loved one's death, our Coroner and Inquest Solicitors can provide support and guidance, so you know exactly what to expect. We can also represent you on the day, liaise with the coroner on your behalf and review all of the evidence prior to the hearing date.

Once the facts of the death have been established, a criminal investigation or a fatal accident claim can then be launched if necessary.

How to Begin a Fatal Accident Claim

We understand that taking that first step in a fatal accident claim can be difficult, but our Serious Injury Solicitors can support you through the process. We can provide you with free initial advice and carry out a free assessment of the claim, with no obligation on you to instruct us.

If we do take on your claim, we'll support and guide you throughout the process. We'll make sure that the circumstances surrounding your loved one's death are fully investigated and we'll bring a claim on your behalf against those found to be at fault.

You will have a dedicated Case Handler, an experienced Solicitor, who will gather all of the relevant evidence and they will negotiate with the other side on your behalf to achieve a fair compensation settlement. In many cases we can also secure interim payments before the case has fully settled. This can help to ease the financial burden on you and your family while your fatal accident claim is ongoing.

For free initial advice call our Fatal Accident Solicitors on 0330 606 9587 or contact us online and we will call you.

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