Our Travel & Foreign Law Department has wide experience of representing clients who have suffered injury as a result of being involved in a road traffic accident (RTA) while abroad.
Whether you have been injured as a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian our specialist team is here to help you. This is a complex and changing area of law and you need prompt, expert and informed advice.
If you are involved in a road traffic accident, you have a set period of time after the accident in which to start the process of making a claim for compensation.
When a road traffic accident takes place aboard, it is important to note that the time limit for making a claim will be governed by the law of the country where the accident happened.
Time limits in some European countries are shorter than the 3 year period which applies in Scotland for making a claim. It is therefore critical to get expert legal advice as soon as possible after a road traffic accident abroad.
In addition to a different time period for making a claim, the process for making a claim for compensation, and the amount of compensation which you receive, may also be different to the situation in Scotland.
Our specialist personal injury solicitors can provide advice tailored to your specific circumstances. They can advise you whether it may be possible to raise your claim via the Scottish courts if you have been injured in a road traffic accident in Europe. This can be possible in some cases, avoiding the additional expense and uncertainty of having to go through the legal process in a foreign country.
This may not be possible in every situation, for example if the road traffic accident happened in a non-European country. Where this is the case the legal process and amount of potential compensation will be determined by the foreign legal system, rather than Scottish law.
In that event, we have access to a global network of lawyers who can help with the compensation process for road traffic accidents abroad.
Digby Brown is Scotland’s largest specialist personal injury practice. We are rated Band 1 by the leading independent publications, Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession and Legal 500.
We understand the effect that a road traffic accident can have on individuals and families and help thousands of people every year who have been involved in crashes. With offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Kirkcaldy, Inverness, Aberdeen and Ayr, we can handle road accident abroad claims across Scotland.
We are able to offer a complete funding and insurance package through our litigation funding company, Compensate. This gives our clients access to justice with no financial risk.
For further information call us on 0333 200 5925 or fill in our brief enquiry form and someone will contact you directly.