Drink driving is a blight on British society. The decision to get behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol can not only wreck your life, but also wreck the lives of countless others. You should never knowingly get into a vehicle with a driver knowing that they have consumed alcohol. However, in this article we endeavour to uncover whether a passenger can claim compensation in the event that they have knowingly travelled with someone who has consumed alcohol.
Can I claim compensation in the event of a road traffic accident in the event of the above circumstances?
This is a difficult question to answer. You may still be able to claim compensation as a passenger in the event of a car crash even if the driver has consumed alcohol. However, this will be taken into consideration when calculating a claim for compensation and the amount awarded may be greatly reduced as a result.
Is this always the case?
Not always; in fact if you are a passenger and are found to have travelled in a car with someone who has blatantly consumed alcohol, you can in fact be charged with contributory negligence in the event of a collision. This means that a passenger may be found to be partly responsible for the accident by allowing a person to drive a vehicle whilst under the influence of alcohol.
What does Accident Advice Helpline have to say on the matter?
The simplest answer is, that if you suspect someone of having consumed alcohol then you should under no circumstances accept a lift from that person. We understand that this decision is not always so simple, perhaps you have been at evening function away from home and didn’t know that your lift intended to drink and you decide to risk it. Book a taxi or make alternative arrangements in these circumstances as it is simply not worth the gamble.
If you have been injured as the result of car accident within the last three years and you were not to blame, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim compensation. Contact us today for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by friendly, professional advisors who are waiting to take your call. All claims are made on 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice