When it comes to car accidents, we tend to hear about the drivers who are injured through no fault of their own. Sometimes, there is no time for the driver to take evasive action to avoid someone else who has made an error of judgement or otherwise lost focus for a moment and caused an accident. However, passengers have even less say in what happens. If you have been in a car accident, could you claim compensation as a passenger?
The simple answer is yes. You were not to blame for the accident, so if you ended up being injured this would be the fault of a third party. You can claim compensation against another driver, or even against the driver of the car you were in, if they caused the accident.
How might you be hurt as a passenger?
The injuries you may receive as a passenger could be like those a driver may receive. However, there is a chance you may not realise an accident is going to take place. If you are looking out of the side window, or you are asleep, you could feel the impact in a different way to the driver.
For instance, the driver’s instinct would be to brace themselves against the steering wheel. This means they may not be as badly affected by seat belt bruising. The passenger, however, may not brace themselves and therefore the seat belt bruising could be significant. Shoulder injuries may also potentially occur. The severity of the injuries will depend on how the impact is felt and the speeds involved at the time.
Find out whether you could claim any compensation as a passenger
You have three years from the date of your accident to make a claim if you wish to do so. In practice, most people seek legal advice long before the deadline runs out. The earlier you do so the better, because everything will be fresh in your mind and much easier to recall.
Make sure you get legal advice and find out whether you could claim compensation as a passenger by contacting Accident Advice Helpline now. Use our online test (it takes a mere 30 seconds), call 0800 689 0500, or ring 0333 500 0993 using your mobile. Whichever method you use to get in touch, you are closer to getting some answers than you may have thought.
Date Published: February 7, 2017
Author: Rob Steen