The Department for Transport (DfT) publishes an annual report which details the statistics gathered regarding road traffic accidents. These statistics are provided by the Police through STATS19 – the national police database. The purpose of this database is to record all road traffic accidents involving one or more casualties that are reported to the police within thirty days of the accidents’ occurrence.
In 2009 twenty one thousand accidents resulting in a “serious injury” were reported to the Police. Compared to figures from the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) 39,000 casualties admitted to hospital had suffered injuries as a direct consequence of road traffic accidents.
At first glance this shows that there are a number of accidents that go unreported to the Police, or which are reported after 30 days. It is also possible that personal injuries suffered in road traffic accidents are not reported to the police nor do those who suffer these injuries are admitted to hospital.
If you were involved in an RTA that wasn’t your fault, and this accident happened in the last three years you may be eligible for compensation – even if your accident was not reported to the police or you did not attend hospital.
Call Claims Careline on 0161 713 1735 or visit www.claimscareline.co.uk to find out if you can claim compensation for your accident.