Personal Injury Claims

Accidents involving drink drivers

While many areas of road safety are improving, there are still a shocking number of casualties and fatalities related to drink driving on our roads.

In 2016, the Government estimates that 9,060 people were killed or injured as a result of drink driving in the UK. Of those, 230 people died.

If you were injured as a result of an accident involving a drink-driver, in most cases you will be entitled to compensation, and Browell Smith & Co can help you.

Why use Browell Smith & Co?

Browell Smith & Co has many years’ experience of working with the victims of drink-drivers, who have been injured through no fault of their own, or with the families of those who have been tragically killed.

If you were a third party in the accident – ie another road user, in another vehicle, a pedestrian or motorcyclist/cyclist, then your claim for compensation will be progressed in the same way as any other claim: we will work with you, and the police, to establish the negligence and then progress your claim against the drink-driver’s insurer.

If the drink-driver was not insured, then you can make a claim via the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).

Dawn Bagley

Solicitor - Director of Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Kathryn Shingles

Associate Solicitor - Personal Injury

Hayley Watson

Legal Clerk - Personal Injury

John Muxworthy

Costs Director and Solicitor

Kirsty Dockerty

Legal Clerk - Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

What if I was a passenger in the car of a drink-driver?

While ordinarily, passengers in vehicles can make claims for compensation (the rules are slightly different for passengers who have got into a vehicle with a drunk driver.)

The claim can still be progressed as normal, but compensation may be reduced however for contributory negligence: this will depend on whether you knew, or should have realised, that the driver had been drinking, and that they had consumed enough alcohol to impair their ability to drive properly

Browell Smith & Co understands

Regardless of the circumstances and your injuries, Browell Smith & Co understands what you and your family are going through: we understand how keen you are to be able to get your life back on track and carry on doing the things you love as quickly as possible.

We take a sympathetic, client-first approach and will treat your rehabilitation as an absolute priority, concentrating on restoring you as closely as possible to the condition you were in before the accident.

We always recommend speaking to a solicitor as soon as possible after an injury has been sustained as successful physical rehabilitation can depend on rapid action.

What needs to be done?

Time is of the essence. If you speak today to Browell Smith & Co, one of our specialist personal injury team will be able to take you through the information-gathering process and focus on you, your needs and the claims assessment procedure.

Speak to us and we will provide you with a checklist of information you may need. DO NOT WORRY if you do not have everything to hand as we will be able to assist you where needed.

Begin your claim by requesting a call-back here from our specialist team today

What can I be compensated for?

The aim of any compensation claim is to seek to restore, in a monetary way, the injured person to the condition they were in prior to the accident. This, as anyone who has suffered an injury will know, is not the same as not having been injured in the first place.

However necessary medical, therapeutic, or psychological treatments to help recover from injuries, as well as financial compensation for past and future losses incurred as a result of the accident may be recoverable in more modest injuries as well as housing and care costs for more serious injuries.

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