Death on the roads: you know it happens but you do not want to think about it. It causes shock, denial and confusion. It makes you ask many questions, such as: “why?”, “how?” and “what do I do now?”
If you or your family experience the unthinkable, you need people you can rely on to ask these questions for you. People who can tell you what’s what and people who will protect your best interests.
That’s what our Fatal Injury team does. It has helped others through the terrible aftermath of sudden road death many times. We can think and act rationally when you may not be able to, taking key steps to preserve evidence (and, with it, the possibility of making a claim). Our police-trained accident investigators will liaise with coroners, police and others for you in the period leading up to the inquest.
We will advise you about whether there is an accident compensation claim to bring and what should be done. Claims can be made on behalf of deceased car drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, pedestrians or cyclists and can still be pursued, even if the incident was hit and run.
Claims for compensation may be available for:
In most cases, if your claim for an accident is successful, legal costs will be paid by the party at fault. Our team will check whether you have any insurance policies that include legal expenses cover. If you do not, we also conduct many cases under a conditional fee agreement (often known as a ‘no win, no fee’). Whatever the funding arrangement, you will receive 100% of any compensation.
Above all, you will know that there is someone you can lean on at all times, who will talk straight and get on with the investigation. We will give you this practical help and we will also put you in touch with other organisations, such as charities and therapists, to help you with bereavement, counselling and other practical advice. See the ‘Useful Links’ page for more information about organisations that provide assistance and counselling. .
The Fatal Injury team is based at our Plymouth office and is headed by partner Roger Henderson, a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel who has over 20 years’ experience of handling fatal injury claims. All members of the team are qualified solicitors who work to the highest standards at all times and are dedicated to assisting bereaved families in pursuing their claims for compensation.
We also actively support many local and national road safety initiatives, including Learn 2 Live.
For a free initial consultation or advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.