This page refers to the 2022 edition of Information and advice for bereaved families and friends following a death on the road in Scotland.



Includes information about how to use this guide and your right to support

Section 1: What happens now?

Things that often happen in the first few days after a fatal crash. Includes information about organ and tissue donation; seeing and identifying a body; post-mortem examinations; return of personal belongings; finding out what happened in the crash.

Section 2: Practical issues

Practical issues that often come up after a road crash. Includes information about informing people; burials or cremations; legal and financial issues; dealing with the media; memorials; what to do if the crash happened abroad.

Section 3: Criminal investigations and charges

Includes information about: the police investigation; the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal service; Victim information and advice services; charging someone; criminal offences..

Section 4: Court cases

Includes information about: attending court; being a witness in court; support in court; court procedures; verdicts and sentencing; appeals; prisoner release; Fatal Accident Inquiries.

Section 5: Can I claim compensation?

Includes information about: whether you can claim money for your loss; instructing a solicitor to pursue a claim for compensation; types of compensation; starting and negotiating a claim.

You can also read a short book about coping with grief when someone you love is killed in a road crash.

This book aims to help you cope and protect your mental and physical wellbeing.

It is based on the experiences of many people bereaved in a sudden or shocking way, and what helped them.

Click on the link below to download.