Get expert legal advice if you've had a car accident in France
Getting into a road traffic accident outside of the UK can be extremely distressing. Our team of solicitors understand exactly how French road accidents are handled so will guide you through the process step by step.
PM Law can still provide you with knowledgeable legal advice you can trust if you've been in a car accident in France. Contact us today to see how we could help you.
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How do French road accident claims work?
If you’re a British citizen and have been involved in a road accident in France, then you’ll be able to make a compensation claim under British law. Because the accident took place in France and not the UK, there will be some slight differences in the claims process.
If the circumstances of your case meant that your damages payment had to be subject to French law rather than the law of England and Wales, then a French lawyer would need to be part of the process.
This wouldn’t mean that you would pay any additional legal fees for their services, however, and we’d also ensure you’re kept up to date with their involvement in the claim.
What evidence do I need to claim compensation for a French road accident?
As with all road accident claims, evidence is vital. However, there are some additional pieces of evidence you’ll need to have in order to make a French road accident claim. If you have the following evidence, then it will be much easier to manage your compensation claim:
- Photographs of the vehicle and any damage at the scene of the incident
- Receipts for any expenses you’ve incurred because of the accident
- Medical reports from any medical treatment you received in France
- A completed ‘Constat D’Accident Amiable’ form – these forms are filled in by any parties involved in a road accident in France and are used to record details of the accident at the time
French Road Accident Claims FAQs
Didn’t find the answers you were looking for? Look at the FAQs below for more information on our French road accident claims process.
You get significantly more time to make a claim for a road accident in France than you do in the UK. Once your injuries have stabilised, you'll have ten years to make you French road accident claim.
We always recommend you contact us as soon as possible to register your claim despite the time limit. This will allow us to start the claim as soon as possible.
Each claim is different and the compensation you'll receive will depend on your individual circumstances.
However, if you'll be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:
- Damage to property
- Loss of earnings
- Compensation for distress
- Medical costs
- Travel expenses
Unfortunately, there is no concrete answer to this question. Each personal injury claim is different and how long it takes will depend on the circumstances of the claim.
However, establishing liability for the claim can often be a long process. If the other party isn’t willing to accept responsibility for your injury, for example, then this can make the claim go on for longer.