Children injured in a road traffic accident may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim. Every road user has a duty of care to other road users, and if they breach that duty of care and a child is injured, the child may have a compensation claim. 

Children involved in a road traffic accident can suffer minor injuries such as cuts and bruises but also severe life-threatening injuries that may affect them now and in the future. 

The children injured in a road traffic accident can claim for the effects of the injuries in personal injury compensation. The costs of care for life can be high, and the minor can claim for all changes necessary to the home and car through their parents or guardians. 

The Personal Injury Team No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor can help make the claim for compensation when a child is injured in a road traffic accident.

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Table of Content

  • Common claims for road traffic accidents involving children
  • Child injured when travelling as a passenger claim
  • Child injured as a pedestrian claim
  • Children injured when on their bike claim
  • Child injured when on an E-scooter or E-bike claim
  • Child injured when on public transport claim
  • Compensation for road traffic accidents involving a minor
  • Who can claim compensation for a minor
  • How long does a child have to make a claim for personal injury
  • Children going to court for their claim
  • Make a road traffic accident claim today

Common claims for road traffic accidents involving children

Common claims for road traffic accidents involving children range from a broken leg when hit by a car at a pedestrian crossing to spinal injuries when travelling as a passenger in a vehicle struck by another driver. 

The common claims for road traffic accidents involving children seek compensation for the effects of the injury today and in the future. 

Some common claims for children in road traffic accidents:

Common claims for road traffic accidents involving children

Child injured when travelling as a passenger

A child injured when travelling as a passenger in a car can claim compensation for the effects of their injuries. The child may be travelling in the family car or that of a friend but can still claim for their injuries. 

If the driver of the car is partially or fully responsible for the accident, the child can still claim compensation. The driver owes the child a duty of care, and if they breach that duty of care, the child may have a personal injury compensation claim. 

Types of injuries to children in a road traffic accident when travelling as a passenger:

  • Cuts, bruises, soft tissue injuries and lacerations
  • Injuries to the eyes
  • Broken limbs
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Severe spinal injuries

A No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor can make the claim for personal injury compensation.

Child injured as a pedestrian

A child injured as a pedestrian in a road traffic accident could be walking on the pavement, waiting at a bus stop or crossing the road at a pelican crossing. 

Children are vulnerable road users, and drivers should be aware of them on the road. The child injured as a pedestrian may be partially responsible for the road traffic accident, but they may still be able to make a claim for compensation. 

Injuries to children in road traffic accidents as a pedestrian:

  • Broken ribs
  • Facial lacerations
  • Cracked vertebrae
  • Organ damage
  • Hip and knee damage

The injured child may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation through their parents or guardians.

Children injured when on their bike

Children injured when on their bike are often knocked onto the road or across the pavement. The slightest clip from a car can knock a child off their bike, and they could suffer serious injury. 

A cyclist is very vulnerable on the road. Children on their bikes are particularly vulnerable road users, and drivers should take extra care when they are near them on the road. 

Injuries to children knocked off their bikes:

  • Head injuries
  • Facial lacerations
  • Shock and trauma
  • Broken legs and arms
  • Spinal injuries

The children injured may be able to make a No Win No Fee personal injury compensation claim against the driver involved in the road traffic accident.

Child injured when on an E-scooter or E-bike

A child injured when on an E-scooter or E-bike, like a cyclist, can be thrown into the air or across a busy road when hit by a car, truck, or other road user. 

The E-scooter or E-bike is relatively new on the road, but drivers should always be aware of them and keep their distance like they would with cyclists. 

Injuries seen to children knocked off an E-Scooter or E-Bike:

  • Brain damage
  • Broken ribs
  • Head, neck and shoulder injuries
  • Facial lacerations
  • Foot and ankle injuries

A No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor can help when a child makes a compensation claim for damages after a road traffic accident.

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Child injured when on public transport

A child injured when on public transport could be travelling on the school bus or getting the local bus home from a shopping trip in town. They may be injured when thrown to the floor or fall down stairs if in a public transport road traffic accident. 

The bus may be involved in an accident that is the driver’s fault or that of another road user, but the injured child may still have a road traffic accident compensation claim. 

Injuries seen when a child is injured on public transport:

  • Muscle sprains and torn ligaments
  • Facial lacerations and deep scarring
  • Broken wrists and fingers
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal damage

Any injury to a child involved in a road traffic accident can affect their lives today and in the future. The children could be off school, need long-term medical care and therapy and may need to make changes to their plans for further education.

A No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor can look at the case for the child and see if they have a valid road traffic accident injury compensation claim.

Compensation for road traffic accidents involving a minor

Claimants can seek more than £10,000 in compensation for injury in a road traffic accident involving a minor. The child injured when knocked off their bike or when a passenger in the family car may make a compensation claim through their parents or guardians. 

An injury in a road traffic accident could affect a minor for life and could result in them needing full-time care, such as when they suffer spinal injuries when hit by a truck. In some cases, personal injury in a road traffic accident involving a minor can see awards in excess of £10 million. 

The minor injured in a road traffic accident can claim compensation for the effects of the accident today and in the future. The amount awarded depends on the severity of the personal injury and the impact on their life.

Amounts of compensation for children injured in road traffic accidents are:

  • Soft tissue neck injury from £4,350 to £7,890
  • Minor, permanent damage to the eyes from £9,110 to £20,980
  • Severe scarring, from £29,780 to £97,330
  • Hip and or a pelvis injury from £12,590 to £19,200
  • Significant wrist injury with disability and pain from £12,590 to £26,590
  • Knee injury with pain and limited movement from £26,190 to £43,460
  • Disc damage and vertebrae injury with chronic pain from £38,780 to £69,730
  • Back injury with nerve root damage from £74,160 to £88,430
  • Severe brain injury from £282,010 to £403,990
  • Tetraplegia from £324,600 to £403,990
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(The figures given here are for General Damages amounts only. The injured minor can also receive compensation for any financial losses suffered due to the personal injury. Figures are taken from Judicial College Guidelines 16th Edition and are accurate as of April 2023.) 

There is not one fixed amount for an injury in a road traffic accident, and the compensation awarded to children for injuries will be tailored to the circumstances of the claim.   

A No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor can tell the injured party what to expect from their experience in personal injury compensation claims.

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Who can claim for injury when a child is involved in a road traffic accident?

The child injured in a road traffic accident can claim compensation, but an adult must make the personal injury claim. The child is the one who suffers the injury in a road traffic accident but cannot make a compensation claim until they turn 18 years of age. 

The parents, step-parents and guardians of a child injured in a road traffic accident can make the compensation claim. They can represent the child in the legal action and engage a personal injury solicitor to make the road traffic accident claim. 

The child can make a personal injury claim when they turn 18 years of age, providing there has not been one made on their behalf when they were a minor. As with all personal injury claims, it is best to make the claim as soon as possible and when the child needs compensation the most. 

A No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor can make the compensation claim for the child injured in a road traffic accident.

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What can a child injured in a road traffic accident claim for in compensation?

The child injured in a road traffic accident can claim compensation for two types of damages:

A child injured in a road traffic accident can claim General Damages for PSLA, the Pain, Suffering and Loss of Amenity experienced directly from the personal injury.

The minor may suffer Pain as a direct result of an injury when knocked off a bike or E-scooter or when in a road traffic accident in the family car. The injury may be painful and could be with them for life, and they can claim for any medical treatment needed.

The child will experience Suffering while recovering in hospital or at home today and in the years to come after an injury in a road traffic accident

Children can also claim for the Loss of Amenity in their daily life, such as a difficulty or restriction in walking, sitting, playing sports, and sleeping from the injury suffered in a road traffic accident.

Minors may seek compensation for Special Damages for an injury in a road traffic accident claim to cover their costs today and any future financial losses. 

The losses could include the loss of earnings for the parents or guardians while caring for the child recovering from an injury. The child can also claim while recovering for care costs and all medical treatment and therapies after a road traffic accident.

The children injured can also claim for specialist rehabilitation, aids, adaptations, and any other out-of-pocket expenses they have or will suffer in the future due to the road traffic accident injury.

Compensation is awarded to cover all losses, including income, medical expenses, and long-term care needs arising from the injury.

To make the claim, a personal injury solicitor will need payslips and all day-to-day receipts, such as accommodation costs, the costs of travel to medical appointments, physical therapy, and all other out-of-pocket expenses incurred after the accident.

A No Win No Fee solicitor handles the child’s injury in a road traffic accident claim. The solicitor will seek compensation for all the costs and expenses of the injury suffered due to the negligence of the other road user.

The amount of compensation awarded for the road traffic accident claim is the total of these two types of damages.

How long does a minor have to make a claim for personal injury in a road traffic accident?

A minor has until they turn 18 years of age to make a claim for personal injury in a road traffic accident.

Parents or guardians can start the injury compensation claim for children, but when the minor turns 18 years of age, they then have three years, until they turn 21, to make a compensation claim for the injury suffered as a child.

Personal injury compensation claims for a road traffic accident must generally be brought and court proceedings issued within three years of the injury. In the case of children injured in a road traffic accident, the time limit for a personal injury claim only begins when they turn 18.

The three years in any personal injury claim usually begin when the child suffered the injury, became aware of the injury, or was diagnosed with the injury sustained in a road traffic accident.

A No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor can advise on a child’s injury claim and how long they have to make a claim for personal injury compensation.

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Do children have to go to court for personal injury?

Children are very unlikely to have to go to court to make a claim for compensation for a personal injury. 

With the guidance of our solicitors, the claim process usually goes smoothly, and the vast majority of claims will be settled long before court proceedings are needed.   

Our personal injury compensation claim team will fight the case for the minor. Even if court proceedings must be issued because, for example, the defendant unreasonably denies liability, the case is still unlikely to have to end up at a trial. 

Very few compensation claims require court proceedings, and even fewer, less than 1%, will end up at trial. Of that 1%, very few are road traffic accident claims involving a minor.

Find out how much a child can claim today for an injury in a road traffic accident

Use our online assessment tool today to determine how much a child can claim for an injury in a road traffic accident. The severe lacerations, broken bones, and spinal damage suffered in a road traffic accident may be with the minor for life, and they may be able to claim compensation for the damages involved. 

The Personal Injury Team FREE online assessment tool will put the parents or guardians in direct touch with one of our team, who will give a full rundown of what can happen with a personal injury claim. 

Compensation amounts for an injury in a road traffic accident claim vary, and expert advice from one of our team members can help with an idea of compensation for any type of personal injury.  

Only by contacting one of our team will a parent or guardian get an injury in a road traffic accident claim for their child up and running today.

Contact the Personal Injury Team today for immediate and expert advice on a compensation claim for a child injured in a road traffic accident.

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