Inquest support for a death involving a road traffic collision
When a loved one has been killed in a road traffic accident you will want to understand how it happened and to ensure it doesn’t happen to anyone else
Contact us to find out more about our inquest support
Here to help you find out what happened.
Your specialist representation when a loved one has died in a road traffic collision.
- Where a pedestrian is killed in a collision with a car, lorry, motorcycle or other vehicle
- Vulnerable road users such as horse riders, pedestrians or cyclists killed in collisions with motor vehicles
- Deaths arising from the use of e-scooters
- Deaths arising from unsafe road design, avoidable hazards, obstructions or defects in the road
- Passengers killed whilst travelling in motor vehicles
- Deaths arising from dangerous driving
- Fatal collisions involving children
- Incidents involving multiple vehicles
- Fatal collisions caused by taxis
Inquests relating to a road traffic death, often include large volumes of documents, technical reports and witness statements. Our inquest specialists are experts in inquests of this kind and can guide you through the process, advising you on each stage and supporting you from start to finish.
We can also advise you on bringing a claim for a bereavement award and compensation arising from your loved one’s death.
Our inquest specialists understand that this is a distressing time for you and we work to alleviate the burden of the legal proceedings as much as we can. We can also put you in touch with specialist organisations that can provide further support during this difficult time.
- Independently accredited, top ranked firm
- Trusted experts in inquests and road traffic accidents
- Supportive and understanding
There’s no obligation to instruct a solicitor for an inquest; you can represent yourself if you wish. However, there are many benefits to having a solicitor represent you, particularly where the hospital/treatment provider is likely to have legal representation.
We strongly urge people to consider specialist legal representation for an inquest in all but the most straightforward and uncontroversial deaths.
The formalities and procedure of an inquest hearing are likely to be a daunting prospect for the family of the deceased, particularly whilst grieving for the loss of their loved on; having your own lawyer fighting your corner will ease the burden.
Furthermore, the other Interested Parties are likely to be far more familiar with the process outlined above and will also have their own legal teams acting for them. This can mean that family members who represent themselves feel intimidated and ill-prepared when faced with experienced advocates.
There are a number of ways to obtain legal representation at an inquest, many of which come at no cost to you.
Where Article 2 is engaged, it is likely that Legal Aid public funding will be available to help fund representation and legal advice free of charge. For more information please call us, without cost, to discuss it further.
It is always best to call us, so we can offer tailored advice about which options are available and which may be best for you.
You may just be seeking answers, in which case we can help you to fully investigate what happened to your loved one, seek an apology, and strive to ensure this doesn’t happen to someone else.
However, if negligence caused the death of someone close to you then financial compensation may also be sought. This can help you to cover the cost of expenses as a result of the death, for example funeral expenses, and to ensure that future costs are covered; such as loss of earnings, pensions, and childcare support.
How we can help after a fatal injury
We have a wide range of specialist solicitors, who can help with a number of issues relating to a bereavement.