Can I claim compensation for a car accident abroad?

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A car accident abroad can be an awful experience and even more so if you are injured.

If you have been involved in an accident within the European Union, the EU Motor Insurance Directives enable you to make a claim for an accident, as you would in the UK.

If the accident occurs outside the EU, then the EU Motor Insurance Directives do not apply.

You can however still make a claim against the driver of the vehicle in the country in which the accident happened.

You must check with your insurance company beforehand what the insurance arrangements are for each country.

If you are involved in a car accident abroad, you must always contact the local police.

You will be required to produce documents, it is important to remember that you should not admit liability. Within the EU the only documentation you should sign is a European Accident Statement. Do not sign any other documentation.

The European Accident Statement ensures that all relevant information regarding the accident is exchanged. Remember to acquire a copy of European Accident Statement.

The documentation you may be asked to present are as below:

  • The registration document for the vehicle;
  • Drivers licence;
  • Your insurance certificate

In the event of an accident you must contact your insurer immediately.

Contact us

If you have suffered injury after a car accident abroad then contact our team of highly qualified, experienced holiday illness and accident experts are here to offer advice and to help you to make a claim for compensation.

To find out how much compensation you may be entitled to, please call our helpline on 0330 100 2851 to speak directly to a member of our team today.

Alternatively, if you would like to arrange a call-back request, please complete the online contact form on our website and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

If you’d like more information on how we can help you make a successful claim for a car accident abroad, take a look at our holiday accident claims page.

Get in touch with one of our team

If you would like more information on how to make a claim for holiday illness, or would like some advice to determine if you could have a successful claim, speak to our team of professional experts who cover a wide range of legal matters, from loss of income due to holiday illness to serious injury claims. Contact us today on 0330 100 2851.

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If you or any members of your family have fallen ill on holiday in the last 3 years, or been involved in an accident abroad, you may be entitled to compensation and we are here to help.

So start the process today by calling our holiday claims experts on 0330 100 2851, or simply complete the online contact form below to arrange a quick call-back. We look forward to helping you.
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