Why you need to act fast if you have a road accident abroad
Being in a road accident anywhere can be traumatic, but you may find yourself experiencing a substantial level of panic when caught up in a traffic incident abroad. One of the main reasons why you need to act quickly if you’re in a road accident abroad is that the amount of time you have to claim can vary wildly from country-to-country, and you must act within the limitation period of wherever the accident occurred if you are to be awarded compensation.
Periods of limitation
You need to either issue court proceedings or settle your claim by end of the limitation period. If you fail to do so, your claim will be barred and you will be prevented from pursuing the matter altogether. In the UK, you must act within three years of your accident or before you reach 21 if the accident occurs before your 18th birthday. However, most countries in the EU have different periods of limitation. In France, you have ten years and in Belgium you have five, whilst in Germany you have the end of the third year from the date of the accident. However, you will only have one year to claim if your accident happens or did happen in Spain. Various other countries also have brief limitation periods. If your accident occurred outside of these countries, you will need to find out how long you have to claim immediately if you’re not already aware of the limit.
In some cases, you may be able to go by UK rules if your accident occurred abroad but was caused by a UK-based driver. The sooner you get in touch with us after your accident, the better, so we can avoid missing the relevant date and we can talk to you whilst your memory remains fresh. We have vast experience when it comes to helping people get compensation after road accidents that have occurred abroad and always aim to reach an outcome as quickly as we can so you can get the compensation you deserve swiftly and move on with your life. As long as the accident wasn’t your fault and the limitation period has not passed, we should be able to assist you.
We do urge you to keep hold of and obtain as much evidence related to your road accident as possible so we can make your case as strong as we can. We have expert knowledge of the rules and regulations of many different countries and can provide you with the rules of evidence in specific territories and legal costs. No matter whether you were a pedestrian, passenger, cyclist or motorcyclist at the time of the accident, we can assist you.
Talk to HS Lawyers at the earliest opportunity if you have been in a road accident abroad and wish to take action. You can contact us today via the phone 0121 525 2555 / 3100, our website or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.