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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    How car passengers can make an accident claim


    A car accident can be a very stressful experience, especially for the passengers. It is quite difficult because at the moment an accident happens you are effectively powerless. With accidents almost doubling it is inevitable that more people will be affected. While people often think of claims in terms of how they affect the drivers it is worth noting that car passengers may also be able to get compensation for any injuries that occur during an accident.

    How car passengers can make an accident claim

    It is possible to make a claim as a passenger if either the driver of the vehicle is to blame or another driver involved in an incident is responsible. Claims can include:

    • Whiplash (the most common claim)
    • Head wounds
    • Broken bones
    • Brain damage
    • Spinal injuries

    The claim you make depends on the extent of your injuries and how much of it can be attributed to the accident itself. The reason for this is that an injury will result in loss of earnings as you lose time working while recovering from an injury. You can also claim costs for physiotherapy and other treatments as required.

    In the case of whiplash it is worth noting symptoms, as sometimes these can emerge several days after the injury is sustained (this is what often complicates whiplash claims).

    Helping with claims

    As well as making a claim for yourself there is also the benefit of being a witness in an accident. This is especially important as there have been some criminals that have been known to falsify details in insurance claims. If you have a smart phone (and presuming it is not damaged) then you can take pictures to show the scene of the incident and show the damage and amount of people involved.

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    Claiming with Accident Advice Helpline

    If you are injured or you know someone has been injured in a car accident then it can be a difficult and stressful time. It can be hard to know where to turn. At the Accident Advice Helpline we pride ourselves on ensuring that people know the options available to them and gauge whether or not they wish to pursue a claim. We can look at the accident and decide who is liable for it and who to pursue a claim from as well as working to get compensation for you.

    Accident Advice Helpline has been established for over 13 years so we have learned about what to expect and help you to prepare for what will be involved. We are also endorsed by Esther Rantzen, a woman famous for standing up for consumer rights.

    Remember you have up to three years to make a claim. Contact us today to find out more and learn more about how you can get the compensation you deserve.

    Date Published: October 15, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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