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The short answer here is yes. Compensation cases relating to traffic accidents are common, but while driver claims are mostly handled by vehicle insurers, passengers are often unsure if – or how – they can make a claim.
The first thing to make clear is that passengers injured in road 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.
If you’ve been unfortunate enough to be a passenger in a car, taxi, bus, van or any other vehicle involved in a road traffic accident, we can help you receive any compensation you’re due.
Our long experience in the sector means your claims process will be made as simple as possible, and our team of expert specialist solicitors will be able to maximise the amount you receive.
Being involved in a road accident can be a horrific experience, and injuries sustained as a passenger can be every bit as serious and life-changing as those suffered by drivers. The effects of whiplash and soft tissue damage are at the minor end of the scale.
Bad collisions can result in anything from multiple fractures and broken pelvis bones to catastrophic spinal trauma.
Accident-related injuries can also impact your personal life, mental health and professional prospects.
At Direct2Compensation, we know too that accidents can be doubly traumatic if the affected passengers are either elderly or young children – people who by nature tend to suffer more when injured. That’s why we’re here to help all claimants receive the compensation they’re fairly due.
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, and we’re always willing to advise you on individual scenarios, but the following are all very common causes resulting in compensation 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 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?
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 – and at Direct2Compensation we have the experience to ensure this right is protected.
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 (see next question), 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.
Will compensation allow me to receive specialist rehab treatment?
In many cases, yes. When our solicitors have an admission of liability from the third party, it means 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
Been involved in a car accident as a passenger? 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, we can call you back. After just a few minutes on the phone, we’ll have enough information to allow our solicitors to get your claim started.