Road Traffic Accident Claims Scotland: Guide To Making A Successful Claim

Road traffic accident claims Scotland wide number in their thousands, but not all claims are successful. A number of factors can affect your chances of winning your compensation claim. While several of these factors are out of your control and relate to the circumstances of the accident you were involved in, some relate to the amount of detail you can gather on your accident and your choice of legal counsel. In this short guide, we detail some of the main factors that contribute to successful claims when it comes to road traffic accidents Scotland wide.

Let's start with the details required. You'll need the time, date and location of the accident. It's very important to note down any details of the accident that you can remember as soon as possible after the event. We can often fool ourselves into believing that our memories of an event are crystal-clear, but passing time means details become hazy. You should also note down details of any injuries you received in the road traffic accident (RTA), as well as any medical treatment that was required. This is just some of the information that any good lawyer will seek out – irrespective of whether it's a road traffic accident Livingston or Linlithgow way.

Secondly, witnesses matter. If you were driving, then passengers in your vehicle can also be witnesses. However, your claim will be strengthened with the accounts of independent witnesses. By 'independent', we mean those not directly involved in the accident, but who did see it happen, such as other drivers, cyclists or pedestrians. If you don't have details of any independent witnesses, don't worry: you have three years in which to file an RTA claim. This gives you time to try and track down witnesses. Incidentally, this applies across the UK, not just in Scotland, so whether it's a road traffic accident East Kilbride or East Essex way, this rule is the same.

There's one more important factor when it comes to making compensation claims for road traffic accidents in Scotland – your choice of legal counsel. A good lawyer will not only help you make a successful claim, but will put your needs first. At Scotlawyers4U, we cover the whole of Scotland. So whether it's a road traffic accident Dundee, Glasgow, Aberdeen or Edinburgh way, we've got you covered. We offer clients £1,000 cash in advance of any settlement claim – we're that confident in our abilities to secure a positive outcome. For more on what we do, please visit, call on 0141 404 8400 or email