The short answer here is yes, passengers injured in car accidents are fully entitled to claim compensation. It’s important to understand that you can make a claim even if the vehicle you were travelling in was at fault.
In which scenarios can I claim as a passenger?
As with any compensation claim, you’ll need to be able to show that the accident was someone else’s fault. If a claimant was somehow responsible for their own injuries, a successful case would be impossible.
As a passenger, of course, showing that the fault lies elsewhere can be an easy thing to prove – and to reiterate, you can make a claim even if the vehicle you were travelling in was at fault.
Road accidents can take any number of forms but the following are all very common situations which lead to successful claims for passengers:
- You were sat in a stationary vehicle that was hit from behind.
- The driver of the vehicle you were travelling in hit another vehicle.
- The driver of the vehicle you were travelling in collided with a road sign, tree, kerb, or other solid object.
- The driver of the vehicle you were travelling in lost control and left the road
If your injury has been caused by a driver failing to drive safely, or failing to keep their vehicle well maintained, that driver and their insurers will be liable in the event of you making a claim. This applies regardless of which vehicle you were in yourself.
In short, if you’ve been injured in a road accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you’re fully entitled to make a claim for compensation.
All our passenger road accident claims are made on a no-win, no-fee basis. If your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t be charged a penny.
What evidence do I need to make a passenger claim?
It’s helpful to gather as much specific information about the accident as possible. Try to record the following:
- Names, addresses and contact details of all drivers involved
- Vehicle registration details for all vehicles involved
- Accident date and time
- Accident location (street name/road number/ roundabout name etc)
- Full contact details of any witnesses
- Details of any police involvement (reference number, officer numbers etc)
If the seriousness of your injury means it’s impossible to gather this information at the scene, do what you can to obtain it after the event. In many cases, vehicle drivers will ensure they record the details listed above, and you may well be able to obtain a copy from them.
If you’ve been unable to gather this information, for whatever reason, don’t panic. It can still be possible for you to pursue a claim. We’ll always advise you on the best course of action for your particular situation.
Do bear in mind, however, that claims need to be made within three years of the accident.
Why should I claim injury compensation?
There are various reasons why passengers sometimes fail to make a claim. It might simply be that they’re unsure how to begin. Similarly, it might be that they don’t want to upset the driver of the vehicle they were in. They might feel especially awkward about making a claim against a family member or friend’s insurers.
There are, however, many compelling reasons for pursuing your legal right to make a claim – the end goal is to get you fair compensation for injuries that were not your fault. A successful claim can also release funds to pay for private treatment to speed your recovery process.
Should your injuries have stopped you from working and resulted in lost income – now and in the future – this will also be taken into account. Other incurred costs, such as transport and additional medical treatments, will be covered too.
It’s also important to remember that any compensation pay-out will come from an insurance company, rather than the pocket of your friend or family member, or from a third-party driver. In the majority of cases, people are deeply understanding of the fact that you, as an injured passenger, deserve to be recompensed for what you’ve gone through.
Access rehabilitation therapies
When our solicitors have an admission of liability from the third party we can then look at securing funds to pay for private medical treatment if needed. No matter what the scale of your injuries, post-accident rehabilitation such as physiotherapy, tissue massages and osteopathy/chiropractic has been proven to help people get back to normal life more quickly.
Any treatment needed will be covered by the insurers of the third party.
Let us help
You’re in safe hands with Direct2Compensation. Our claims process is transparent and effective, and you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with our no-win, no-fee approach.
To find out more, or to start your claim today, call us on 01225 430285. If you prefer, . After just a few minutes on the phone, we’ll have enough information to allow our solicitors to get your claim started.