Counting passengers after a car accident may seem to be a little odd. There are, however, several good reasons for doing this.
A car accident and passengers
In the first instance, serious accidents occasionally result in passengers being thrown out of cars or off motorcycles. Depending on the impact forces involved, the surrounding terrain and the time of day/ night, they may be thrown out of sight. Determining how many passengers should be there and how many can actually be seen may ultimately save someone’s life.
Passengers witnessing a car accident
Secondly, passengers in or on involved vehicles are invariably witnesses to the incident. Counting them ensures that all witness names, contact details and statements can be collected. Required as evidence for both insurance and potential injury compensation claims, the combination of all of these statements, each providing an insight into what happened from a different angle/ perspective, may assist in determining who caused the car accident.
Vehicle accidents and fraudulent claims
Last, but sadly by no means least, counting passengers prevents fraudulent accidental injury claims against the person responsible for the accident on the road. While this may sound rather cynical, it has unfortunately been known for people to try to claim for compensation after a car accident even though their injuries were in fact inflicted elsewhere, perhaps as the result of acting silly or being drunk. This kind of deception is easily avoided by getting passenger numbers, names and contact details at the scene and time of the accident.
If you were injured in a motorcycle, car or cycling accident, through no fault of your own in the past (though no longer than three years ago), you may have the right to claim compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline or visit their website to determine whether you qualify for a claim. Calls are confidential, free, and free of obligation to claim.Open Claim Calculator
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