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Making a claim for injury compensation after a road traffic accident is one of the most common types of claim. Whilst vehicle insurers tend to handle the majority of claims made by drivers, how to claim compensation as a passenger is not as well understood. So, if you were a passenger in a car, bus, van, lorry or any other vehicle involved in a road traffic accident, where can you go to get help making a claim for injury compensation?
Well! Look no further, Direct2Compensation is perfectly placed to help you make a claim for passenger road accident compensation. We have the know-how and expert specialist solicitors that can help you maximise your claim and a simple claims process that enables you to focus on your recovery whilst we work hard handling your claim.
Passengers injured in a road traffic accident sometimes fail to make a claim for injury compensation, often because they don’t know how to or don’t want to upset the person who was driving the vehicle that they were in. However, as well as relatively minor whiplash and soft tissue injuries, the injuries suffered by passengers in a road traffic accident can be serious and life changing. For example, multiple fractures, damage to the pelvis and in the most serious cases, catastrophic spinal trauma leading to paralysis and sadly sometimes death.
If you were a passenger that has been injured in a road traffic accident, whether in a car, a van, a bus, coach, lorry or any other vehicle, it is likely that you will have been knocked about quite heavily and left feeling sore, immobile and in discomfort. At Direct2Compensation, we have found that passengers injured in a road traffic accident are often either elderly or young children – people who by nature tend to suffer more when injured.
When can you claim as a passenger?
When someone is injured whilst travelling as a passenger in any vehicle, in a collision or other incident, they have a right to pursue a claim for compensation. As with all claims, a passenger compensation claim can only be made if negligence (responsibility) for the accident can be attributed to someone or an organisation. It is not possible to claim if the injured party is responsible for their own injuries. However, unlike driver compensation claims, a passenger can make a claim for compensation even if the vehicle in which they were travelling was at fault.
Common scenarios leading to passenger road traffic accident compensation include:
- Being sat in a stationary vehicle that is hit from behind by another vehicle
- The driver of their vehicle colliding with another vehicle
- The driver of their vehicle colliding with a solid object – such as a road sign, bus stop, kerbstone or tree.
- The driver of their vehicle losing control and leaving the highway
Any driver that fails to drive safely and ensure passenger safety, or hasn’t complied with relevant vehicle maintenance and has an accident as a result, will be liable should any claim arise from a passenger who has suffered an injury. Any person injured in this way whilst a passenger in a road traffic accident is entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Passenger safety is the legally responsible of the vehicle driver. Should any vehicle driver cause an accident due to negligence or a lack of care and attention, they and their vehicle insurers will be held liable should any claim for injury compensation be pursued by any passengers that were injured. Alternatively, if the vehicle in which a passenger was injured was the non-fault vehicle in an accident, the 3rd party (other) driver/insurers will be the liable party in any claim.
Claims will succeed if the injured passenger can demonstrate that either a vehicle driver or organisation has been negligent, and is therefore responsible for causing the accident.
The information you need to pursue a claim
As with all road traffic accident compensation claims, anyone wishing to make a claim for compensation must be able to provide the required information and details to enable the relevant parties to be pursued and respond to the claim. Therefore, a passenger injured in a road traffic accident should record the following information:
- Details of drivers involved (including 3rd party drivers) – names, addresses etc
- Vehicle registration details for all vehicles involved
- Accident date and time
- Accident location (street name/road number etc)
- Details of any witnesses
- Details of any police involvement – reference number, officer numbers etc.
In most cases, a vehicle driver will ensure that they have properly recorded the details listed above and you should be able to obtain a copy of the same from them.
Why claim compensation?
Passengers injured in road traffic accidents don’t always pursue their legal right to make a claim for compensation. This may be because they don’t know how to go about making a claim or they feel awkward about making a claim against a family member or friend’s insurance. However, there are many compelling reasons for pursuing a claim for passenger compensation, and at Direct2Compensation we know how to pursue this successfully and ensure that your rights are protected.
As all passenger road accident compensation claims are made on a no win no fee basis, you will never be charged if your claim does not succeed. A successful claim will lead to a compensation settlement being made to you, with the value of the claim including any lost income and incurred costs as well as a settlement value for the injuries you have suffered and medical treatment that has been required.
As well as claiming a financial compensation settlement if you’re a passenger who has been injured in road traffic accident, claiming compensation with Direct2Compensation and our expert injury compensation solicitors can also help you in other ways.
- Making a claim is a legal right, and if successful will fairly compensate the injured party for injuries that were not their fault.
- If successful, a claim can release funds from the liable party to pay for private medical treatment and rehabilitation therapies to speed the recovery process of the injured party.
- A successful claim settlement will make up for lost income now and in the future if the injuries that are being claimed for have prevented the injured party from working, either temporarily or permanently.
Specialist rehabilitation therapies
If your specialist Direct2Compensation solicitor is able to obtain an admission of liability for your claim (from the insurers that provide the vehicle insurance for the liability party), your claim will succeed. It is at this point that your solicitor can look to obtain specialist rehabilitation therapy if it is deemed relevant to your injuries.
In the case of passenger road accident compensation claims, it is likely to involve soft tissue injuries such as whiplash or a back injury. However, it may also include more serious injuries such as a fracture. In all cases, intensive post accident rehabilitation has been proven to help people recover more quickly and return to normality sooner. Post accident rehabilitation usually includes physiotherapy, osteopathic/chiropractic and massage therapies. These will be provided at the expense of the third party dealing with your claim and the cost will form part of the value of the total settlement. Further information on this will be available from your solicitor once your claim has been active for a sufficient amount of time.
How we can help with your claim
If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident, is important to make sure that the details of your accident have been recorded properly and with the right people. The driver of the vehicle you were in should have advised their insurers that you were in the vehicle and if the police attend the scene, they will take your name too. All passengers injured in road traffic accidents should also seek medical attention at the earliest opportunity.
If you haven’t completed these steps already, we can help you to do so and advise you as to what you need to do.
Direct2Compensation are vastly experienced with the handling of road traffic accident compensation claims and have expert solicitors available to assist you during your claim. We know your rights and can help you to understand whether the specifics of your accident is something you are likely to be able to successfully claim compensation for.
Direct2Compensation work with some of the best personal injury compensation solicitors in the UK. With our easy to understand claims process and ability to handle your claim quickly, simply and transparently, there are many reasons that make us the right choice when it comes to starting your compensation claim for passenger road accident injury compensation.