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.

Information Guides

Knowledge is power

RoadPeace wants to help victims be informed and thus better prepared for the justice system

We provide guides helping victims navigate the justice system—from investigation and inquest through to sentencing.

National guides

Road death investigation guide for bereaved families

Inquest and road death

Sentencing Guide for Bereaved families

For advice on civil compensation claims, please see the section below entitled  “Help with seeking compensation”.

Local guides

In recent years, police and crime commissioners have begun funding local guides and/or endorsing local guides.


Road death investigation



West Midlands

Road death investigation


Guide for those seriously injured in collisions

Please visit our document library  to see other resources and information available.

For hard copies of the guides please contact the RoadPeace helpline on or 0845 4500 355.

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

Birchall Blackburn

Birchall Blackburn Law are serious and catastrophic injury specialist solicitors with more than 100 years of combined experience. 

They have helped thousands of people, and their families, to rebuild their lives and reach their full potential in terms of mobility, confidence and quality of life.

• Free and confidential initial advice with no obligations
• "No win no fee" means it won't cost you a penny
• Their specialist solicitor will visit you at home or in a familiar place to suit you, anywhere in England and Wales
• Whenever possible they will secure an early interim payment for speedy financial support and to start rehabilitation promptly
• Their solicitors will work for you as part of a professional network of experts, including doctors, nurses and physiotherapists
• They hold 9 accreditations from the Law Society, and are an Accredited Personal Injury Practice so you can have peace of mind

Birchall Blackburn Law are a dedicated legal team of professional, understanding and compassionate people with a proven track record. They will support your whole family and provide you with regular updates at every stage.

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For more information, visit their website:

Or contact Quentin Underhill

Tel: 0161 2384373


CFG Law (part of the client first group)

CFG Law, part of the Client First Group, are serious and catastrophic injury solicitors who provide legal advice together with financial, physical and emotional support. 

Our Client First Service is all about providing a service that we would be proud to offer to a member of our own families. By doing this, and by listening to what our clients and their families say they need, we’ve learnt that, whilst recovering compensation is important, it is the extra things we do and the support we provide that really helps and makes our Client First Service stand out.

  • Legal: Our solicitors work with fewer clients than is typical in the legal sector, ensuring they have time to dedicate to getting to know their clients. It also means the work proactively and intensively on cases, resulting in full compensation without unnecessary delay.
  • Financial: A lack of funding should not get in the way of someone receiving the treatment and support they need when they need it. So we provide an emergency fund to help plug any gaps in our clients` support straight away.
  • Physical: We have Client Support Managers with expert clinical experience to help our clients and provide well-informed guidance on available support and treatment options, as well as to liaise with treating teams and help with discharge planning.
  • Emotional: We understand that sustaining a serious injury inevitably has a significant psychological, as well as physical impact. We listen carefully to our clients and their families to identify any possible underlying psychological barriers and emotional needs and ensure they are addressed as part of their support plan.
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For more information, visit their website:

Or contact Sarah Ouko:

Tel: 0800 612 9277 (open 24 hours a day)


Hodge Jones Allen

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For more information, visit their website:

Or contact: Anne Sanders

Tel: 020 7874 8474


Leigh Day

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.

This may involve police investigations, inquests, prosecutions, rehabilitation for serious injury, and financial compensation to enable you to rebuild your life and reduce financial hardship.

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.

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For more information, visit their website:

Or contact David Preston:

Tel: 020 7650 1325


Metcalfes Solicitors

Metcalfes Solicitors provide expertise in the full range of legal advice and representation for those who have been injured or bereaved by road crashes. 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 have been working with RoadPeace since at least 2003, including in various campaigning activities such as road danger reduction.

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.

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For more information, visit their website:

Or contact Kay McCluskey:

Tel: 0117 929 0451


Moore Blatch

Matthew is a Solicitor and a Partner at Moore Blatch LLP who have offices in London, Richmond, Southampton and Lymington. Moore Blatch is listed in the independent directory “Legal 500” top tier for serious injury and Matthew is a recognised individual.

Specialising in representing those who have, through no fault of their own, suffered major trauma or bereavement either in England or abroad, claiming insurance funding from the party at fault. A part of this process is the focus on early rehabilitation and interim payments.

Someone who is a keen believer in access to justice both through his day to day work, and through the charitable organisations which he supports, Matthew will ensure best funding advise is given to tailor the client’s needs.

Matthew is a panel member of the national road safety charity “RoadPeace” who support those sadly bereaved or seriously injured after road crash. Matthew is recognised in the national brain injury charity “Headway” directory for London area, and is Secretary for the South of England Group of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyer’s (APIL).

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For more information, visit their website:

Or contact Matthew Claxson on:


Telephone: 07715 700 901 or Freephone 0800 157 7611

Location: London and the South

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon is one of the country's leading personal injury firms, recovering tens of millions of pounds worth of compensation for injury victims every year.

Slater and Gordon has a large serious and fatal incident department with qualified specialists at our offices across the UK. We have extensive experience in successfully pursuing significant damages on behalf of the families of those who have been tragically killed or seriously injured in road collisions. Our team of specialists have earned an unrivalled reputation for providing a caring and empathetic service which treats clients as individuals.

Slater and 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 rehabilitation is considered at the earliest opportunity and that appropriate support, counselling and advice on financial matters is sought for our clients and their families.

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For more information, visit their website:

Or contact Will Cornwell


Tel: 07780 580 921

Thompsons Solicitors

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.

Thompsons’ specialist personal injury solicitors have extensive experience of securing justice and compensation for seriously, or fatally, injured road crash victims. We have established a reputation for moving swiftly to establish the facts of the case and secure high-value damages payments in pursuit of obtaining justice for families in the aftermath of a road death.

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.

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For more information, visit their website:

Or contact Samantha Hemsley

Tel: 0808 164 2025 



Watermans are one of the leading personal injury firms in Scotland. We act on behalf of thousands of crash victims and their families each year, ensuring that they receive the service they need at the time they need it most.

We have considerable experience in dealing with claims which unfortunately result in a fatality and because we act only in Scotland, we are able to advice on the different way in which these cases are handled in Scotland compared to the rest of the UK.

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 crash victims and their families and strive to protect the interests of victims throughout Scotland.

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For more information, visit their website:

Or contact Scott Whyte

Tel: 0131 555 7055   or   0141 430 7055