Navigating the Criminal Justice System
RoadPeace helps victims by providing information on the justice system
This includes the procedures involved in collision investigation, inquests and criminal prosecution and sentencing.
We offer support through:
Advocacy and Casework Support
Crash victims face multiple challenges
Firstly, they can be traumatised. No one is prepared for road death or serious injury. At a time of such severe shock, they deserve extra help, not extra pressure.
Secondly, they will be in unfamiliar territory. They are unlikely to have any previous experience with the police and criminal justice system. Most will not understand what is involved in the work of police investigators or coroners or the time required. Victims do not know their role or their rights.
Thirdly, they will be denied information. This is due to the policy/principle of “sub judice”. The investigation and possible/potential prosecution takes priority over the needs of victims and their families to understand what happened. Such “processing” is put on hold.
If you would like to discuss your queries with RoadPeace please call our helpline on 0845 4500 355.
Knowledge is power
We provide guides helping victims navigate the justice system—from investigation and inquest through to sentencing.
Road death investigation guide for bereaved families
Inquest and road death
Going to Court
Sentencing Guide for Bereaved families
For advice on civil compensation claims, please see “Help with seeking compensation”.
In recent years, police and crime commissioners have begun funding local guides and/or endorsing local guides.
Road death investigation
Guide for families bereaved or seriously injured
Road death investigation
Guide for those seriously injured in collisions
For copies of the guides please contact the RoadPeace office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Help with Seeking Compensation
About the RoadPeace Legal Panel
The RoadPeace Legal Panel aims to help and support people bereaved or seriously injured in a road collision by enabling them access high quality legal advice and justice, including fair compensation.
The Legal Panel is made up of leading specialist personal injury law firms. Panel members’ sign up to an agreed set of qualifying criteria as a quality standard and sign of their commitment to road crash victims.
RoadPeace legal panel members make an annual charitable donation of £5,000 to RoadPeace to support our work.
The need for the RoadPeace Legal Panel
Road crashes have a devastating impact on victims’ lives. They cause deaths, serious debilitating injuries, psychological distress including post-traumatic stress disorder, loss of income and financial hardship.
In addition, people bereaved or seriously injured in road crashes have to navigate a series of post-crash procedures including a police investigation, inquest and sometimes a court case, which can be confusing and traumatic given the low priority the justice system assigns even serious motoring offences.
Meanwhile low and age related bereavement damages and a fault based civil compensation scheme mean victims have to fight for compensation, while recent changes to personal injury law make it less likely that those who have suffered serious injuries through no fault of their own will be able to claim compensation and those who do will receive less compensation than they deserve.
Nothing can compensate someone for the loss of a loved one or a debilitating lifelong condition but accessing legal advice and representation can help support people through proceedings, access their financial entitlements and appropriate health care, and pursue a fair compensation claim.
The RoadPeace Legal Panel members
Bolt Burdon Kemp
Bolt Burdon Kemp is a leading personal injury firm recommended by the two main independent guides to the legal profession (The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners).
We can provide you with the help and support you need when you need it most including:
- advice about welfare benefits entitlement
- financial advice
We pride ourselves on our commitment to obtaining maximum compensation as well as early and regular interim payments of compensation throughout your case to reduce the financial burden that can occur from a serious road crash. We offer "no win no fee" agreement so that you do not need to worry about paying legal fees as the case progresses.
For more information, visit their website: www.boltburdonkemp.co.uk
Or contact Marilene Antoni
Tel: 020 7288 4836
Or Ben Pepper
Tel: 020 7288 4836
CFG Law (part of the client first group)
CFG Law are specialist serious injury solicitors with an outstanding track record of success in serious and complex road accident claims. As independent solicitors, we will always act in the best interests of our clients and ensure access to justice for all.
A deep sense of responsibility towards our clients and their families' welfare is a reflection of the beliefs held by all members of staff. Our solicitors are compassionate, dedicated and most importantly are there to listen and support you throughout.
"You have a gift for making people feel relaxed and secure in what can be stressful circumstances..." -J.H.
We are accredited and recommended by the Legal 500 as a leading personal injury firm, members of MASS (the Motor Accident Solicitors Society) showing our experience in road accident claims, members of Headway’s (the brain injury association) Head injury Solicitors Directory, accredited by the Law Society for Personal Injury and members of APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers).
We can visit you and your family at home and all consultations are free with no obligation.
For more information, visit their website: www.cfglaw.co.uk
Or contact Philip Coulthurst:
Tel: 0800 612 9277 (open 24 hours a day)
Irwin Mitchell solicitors has a specialist and experienced team who work on road traffic collision compensation claims. That means however serious clients injuries are, they can be certain we understand the issues affecting them and will help them get the compensation they deserve.
Our friendly professional staff will offer expert advice on compensation, rehabilitation and on-going health issues to people who have been involved in a road traffic collision. We help them get back to work, access medical support and care and apply for early compensation payments if they need immediate help with treatment or adjustments to their home.
"Irwin Mitchell's strength lies in its depth of resources and breadth of experience, with its lawyers fighting hard for its clients, both in terms of damages and for support services required prior to the conclusion of claims. They are 'extremely well regarded' by clients and peers alike." -The Legal 500, 2012
For more information, visit their website: www.irwinmitchell.com
Tel: 0800 23 22 33 (Freephone)
If you or your family have been involved in a road traffic collision, you need an experienced guide to support you through the aftermath of the crash and to help you cope at this terrible time.
At Leigh Day we use our knowledge and expertise to take action quickly and get results throughout your case. We're always by your side, supporting you and your loved ones. We will do whatever it takes.
The best lawyers by your side can win the best possible outcome. Our top rated team of dedicated serious injury lawyers have the experience to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
We support the enforcement of a robust and rigorous legal system that will not let drivers off the hook when they injure or kill cyclists, pedestrians and road users. That's why Roadpeace's work to reduce collisions on our roads is so important. We are proud to have worked with Road Peace as part of the:
Action On Lorry Danger campaign
Liveable cities of the future depend on better provision for pedestrians and bicycles, and it's exciting to see the progress being made. Until we get there, as lawyers we can help to keep highway / transport authorities and motor insurers accountable as a crucial part of the progress to a safer city.
Leigh Day only act for victims of road collisions and never for defendants; we visit you at home or in hospital, anywhere in the UK; and are recognised by the legal directories as one of the country's leading personal injury law firms.
For more information, visit their website: www.leighday.co.uk
Or contact Grant Incles:
Tel: 020 7650 1200
Metcalfes Solicitors provide expertise in the full range of legal advice and representation for those who have been injured or bereaved by road crashes.Ê We are based in Bristol, and our clients are throughout England and Wales. We visit clients at home or in hospital, and provide a personal niche service which is tailored to their individual needs.
We co-ordinate and host the RoadPeace South West Group.
We advise in relation to all the legal procedures following death or injury on the road, including (as appropriate) inquests and investigations; prosecutions; support services and counselling; rehabilitation; welfare benefits and financial compensation.
According to a leading independent client guide to the legal profession "Metcalfes provides excellent representation across the board". Its partners are 'absolutely fantastic' and noted for their 'inimitable tenacity'. We are always very willing to discuss any questions that you may have on an initial no-obligation basis.
For more information, visit their website: www.metcalfes.co.uk
Or contact Kay McCluskey:
Tel: 0117 929 0451
Slater & Gordon
Slater & Gordon Lawyers is one of the country's leading claimant personal injury firms, recovering tens of millions of pounds worth of compensation for injury victims every year.
Slater & Gordon has achieved its excellent reputation by ensuring all our clients can obtain access to justice with total peace of mind. Our commitment to every client is to maximise compensation and make the claims process as quick and simple as possible.
We work closely with national special interest groups and charitable organisations to ensure that the latest guidelines are always considered when handling complex cases involving serious injury. We ensure that early rehabilitation is considered at the earliest opportunity and that appropriate support, counselling and advice on financial matters is sought for claimants and their families.
For more information, visit their website: www.slatergordon.co.uk
Or contact Will Cornwell
Tel: 0808 175 8000
Representing the interests of the injured person, or – where a life has been lost – their loved ones, is our ultimate priority. Unlike other law firms, Thompsons Solicitors only ever acts for the injured person – never for insurance companies. This means we will fight harder to secure the maximum level of compensation for the injured person or their family, and not try to please motor insurance paymasters.
We have long campaigned alongside RoadPeace and others to protect vulnerable road users from harm, through promoting road safety initiatives, and pride ourselves on providing first class legal representation from police investigation though to inquest and beyond.
“When the police investigation fell apart and a prosecution against the driver wasn’t possible, we felt utterly let down. But we were never in it alone. Thompsons was relentless in their support and went above and beyond what we would ever have expected to fight Jake’s corner with us.” John & Janet Thompson.
For more information, visit their website: www.thompsons.law
Or contact David Robinson
Tel: 0808 164 2025
Watermans are one of the leading personal injury firms in Scotland. We act on behalf of thousands of accident victims and their families each year, ensuring that they receive the service they need at the time they need it most.
We offer a no-win, no-fee service which you may expect, but in addition we also offer access to our Total Care service, which offers our clients access to rehabilitation services such as grief counselling and psychotherapy to help our clients come to terms with their loss.
We only ever act for accident victims and their families and strive to protect the interests of accident victims throughout Scotland.
For more information, visit their website: www.watermans.co.uk
Or contact Scott Waterman
Tel: 0131 555 7055 or 0141 430 7055