Making a claim for compensation is usually a straight-forward process and in most cases with us, it’s pretty stress free. However, some claims involve extremely upsetting circumstances, none more so than when someone has lost their life in an accident. Handling a claim being made by someone after their loved one has been killed in a road traffic accident is one of the most difficult, delicate and upsetting parts of our job.
We realise that claiming compensation in such circumstances is an extremely important matter and in most cases is being done to claim the loss of income that the deceased person used to provide for the family that is left behind. We know that when handling such claims, we need to be even more caring, supportive and transparent than usual. We’ve all had training to make sure that we know how to handle difficult subjects in a sensitive way that helps the person making the claim on behalf of their loved one.
At your pace
At Direct2Compensation, you can trust us to handle a fatal road traffic accident claim in a caring way and at your pace. We can visit you if you would prefer to speak face-to-face or can handle your claim by telephone, email or in writing. We’ve found that the important thing with fatal accident claims is to give the person making the claim control over the process, and enable them to provide the details and instructions needed at a pace that suits them.
If you have suffered the traumatic loss of a loved one in a fatal road accident, you may well feel overwhelmed with life and far from sure as to how to go about pursuing a claim and don’t know where to go or what to do. It goes without saying that no financial settlement can ever replace the loss of a loved one’s life. However, making a claim after someone has been killed can help to ease the situation in which the surviving family members find themselves, mainly by helping to cover the financial losses incurred as a result of a lost income.
We work with the best expert road accident solicitors that will ensure your claim covers every angle, and we have a simple claims process that enables you to focus on coming to terms with your grief and loss, and not feel distressed or concerned about the claim.
Who can make a fatal road accident compensation claim?
When someone has been killed in a fatal road traffic accident, their surviving family (next-of-kin) have a right to pursue a claim for financial compensation. A claim can be made as soon as the surviving family members are ready to pursue it.
Understandably, most people don’t pursue a fatal road accident claim immediately as they need to come to terms with their loss and deal with all sorts of legalities. However, when they are ready to make a claim, it will need to be made by the surviving next-of-kin, usually the spouse, children, siblings or parents. If the claim is to provide for surviving children (the beneficiary if no living parent or guardian is involved) a claim settlement is likely to be placed in trust with an appointed trustee to act in the child’s best interests.
Fatal road traffic accident compensation claims will succeed if the claimant side is able demonstrate that a vehicle driver or organisation caused the death of a person as a result of negligence, and is therefore liable to compensate their estate for the loss. To successfully pursue a claim, the claimants will need to provide relevant information to us and the solicitor working on the claim. Of course, Direct2Compensation will help you with this process, but it is useful to list what information is needed to pursue a fatal road traffic accident claim:
- Details of the drivers involved (including 3rd party drivers) – names, addresses etc
- Vehicle registration details for all vehicles involved
- Accident date and time
- Accident location (street name/road number etc)
- Police involvement details – reference number, officer numbers etc
- Coroner details (if a hearing has taken place)
- Evidence of financial losses – the deceased employment and income details
Why claim compensation?
No claim settlement value will ever go anywhere near covering the loss of life of a loved one in a fatal road accident. At Direct2Compensation, we realise that it is not about the money in terms of making a gain, but that it is extremely important that the loved ones left behind are able to continue to live in the family home and carry on with their life as much as possible.
The major motivation in making a fatal road accident compensation claim is to claim lost income now and in the future. If the deceased was the major breadwinner within a family unit, the claim value will largely consist of a loss of income claim. Being able to claim a large sum of the future income that the deceased would have provided enables the surviving spouse or children to live in the family home and not have to suffer the further trauma and upset of moving house etc.
Whilst this is the main and natural reason for pursuing a fatal road accident compensation claim, there are many others. With us, your fatal road accident compensation claim will be made on a No Win No Fee basis, so you will never be charged any fees at all if your claim does not succeed. A successful fatal road accident claim will lead to a compensation settlement being made to the surviving next of kin, with the value of the claim including all lost income and incurred costs as well as a settlement value for the loss of life of a loved one.
As well as claiming a financial compensation settlement if you’re a surviving relative of someone who has been killed in a fatal road accident, claiming compensation with our expert injury solicitors can also help you in other ways.
- Making a claim is a legal right, and if successful will compensate the next-of-kin for the loss of their loved one.
- Surviving next-of-kin family members may be able to access bereavement counselling and therapies as part of the fatal road accident claim.
- A successful claim settlement will provide a loss of income settlement.
At Direct2Compensation we know how to help you pursue such a claim successfully, ensure that your rights are protected and at least let you feel somewhat empowered by holding those at fault responsible for the situation in which you find yourself and the loss of your loved one.
Bereavement and counselling therapies
If your solicitor succeeds with the claim and obtains an admission of liability from the insurers responsible for the liable party, your solicitor may be able to look to obtain specialist bereavement and counselling therapies if needed.
In the case of fatal road accident compensation claims, the surviving next-of-kin will be grief stricken and traumatised. In such situations, specialist bereavement and counselling therapies have been proven to help people, especially children, to come to terms with their loss more quickly and therefore return to normality sooner. Any such specialist treatments will be provided at the expense of the third party dealing with the claim and the cost will form part of the value of the total settlement. Further information on this will be available from your solicitor once your claim has been active for a sufficient amount of time.
How Direct2Compensation can help
We realise that you won’t know where to turn, feel in turmoil and that you’ll be distressed. We know that there is nothing worse than losing a loved one, especially in an accident. Direct2Compensation have expertise in handling fatal road traffic accident compensation claims and have specialist solicitors ready to pursue your claim. We know your rights and can help you to successfully claim compensation.
At Direct2Compensation we are fortunate to work with some of the best solicitors in the UK. With our easy to understand claims process and ability to handle your claim quickly, simply and transparently, there are many reasons that make us the right choice when it comes to starting your compensation claim.
To start your claim today, or even to find out a little bit more about the claims process and how we can help, fill out our claims form and we’ll call you back, or if you prefer, you can call us on 01225 430285.