It’s a situation we never want to find ourselves in. You decide to head out for a meal with a group of friends and you’re offered a lift from a friend who says they won’t be drinking anything and will drive you home, but then decides to have ‘just the one’ and you are left in the impossible situation of being stuck without a way home or being a passenger in a car with a driver who has consumed alcohol. You should never accept a lift with a friend who you know has been drinking. A road traffic accident could ruin your life and the lives of others. If possible, always have an alternative arrangement for getting home to avoid the above scenario. However, if you have decided against better judgement, the question is, can you still claim compensation in the event of an accident?
The legal situation
The answer is yes, you can still claim compensation in the event of an accident where you know the driver has consumed alcohol. However, this comes with an extremely fair caveat. The amount of compensation awarded will be reduced accordingly to reflect the contributory negligence of the passenger who has knowingly travelled with an intoxicated driver. There have been calls over the years to actually make it an offence to travel with an intoxicated driver.
How can I claim compensation?
If you’ve been involved in a car accident within the last three years and you weren’t 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. All of our claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no fee** basis and you are under no obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation that may be discussed over the phone.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice