Accidents abroad—a practical guide
Produced in partnership with Sue Brown
Accidents abroad—a practical guide

The following PI & Clinical Negligence practice note produced in partnership with Sue Brown provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Accidents abroad—a practical guide
  • Road traffic accidents (RTAs)
  • RTA in the EU caused by an English driver
  • RTA in the EU caused by an EU driver with EU insurance
  • RTA in the EU caused by an uninsured driver
  • Fatal RTA—claim brought by dependants in another EU country
  • RTA in an EU country where the claimant lived at the time
  • Expert evidence
  • RTA outside EU where ongoing losses suffered in England and Wales
  • Accidents while on holiday
  • More...

Originally produced in partnership with Sue Brown. Updated in partnership with Andrew Wilson.

Note: The UK's departure from the EU has implications for practitioners considering accidents abroad. See Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for PI & Clinical Negligence claims?

This Practice Note is intended to give practical tips on dealing with claims on behalf of clients injured in accidents abroad. It is not a definitive guide to the legal considerations to be taken into account and reference should also be made to the Practice Notes on jurisdiction and choice of law for more detailed guidance on these aspects.

See Practice Notes: Jurisdiction in foreign accident claims, Jurisdiction rules—personal injury and Choice of law in foreign accident claims.

For guidance on determining the applicable law where the accident occurs on or after 1 January 2021, see Practice Notes: Retained Rome II—application and interpretation and Retained Rome II—the general rule and displacing the general rule.

For guidance on determining the applicable law where the accident occurred before the end of the transition period (ie before 31 December 2020 at 11 pm), see Practice Notes: Rome II—application and interpretation and Rome II—the general rule and displacing the general rule.

For guidance on whether judgments of the Court of Justice are binding on UK courts, see Q&A: Are UK courts and tribunals bound by decisions of the Court of Justice of

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