Where you are involved in a road traffic accident abroad this can raise a plethora of complexities. There is no absolute guide to where a foreign claim should be pursued, just a complicated set of rules that have to be applied to reach a decision. Once the appropriate venue has been decided the appropriate law also has to be ascertained. This is usually the law that applies where the accident occurred, so you may need the services of a local lawyer.
There is no harmonisation of law within either the EU or internationally. That means you cannot assume that just because the other person would be held responsible for your accident in the UK, they will be found responsible elsewhere. In some countries liability may even be determined by the police at the scene. It also means the amount of compensation can vary wildly and legal costs may not be recoverable or may be fixed.
The final core issue is the limitation period varies between countries. Some have a limitation period as short as 1 year. If you fail to commence Court proceedings within that time you may be prevented from pursuing a claim at all.
Where you have been involved in an accident abroad we recommend you contact the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers on 0115 958 0585 to discuss finding a lawyer experienced in claims in the country where the accident occurred.