Learning to drive is an exciting prospect for many people. Some will feel understandably more nervous than others, but whichever group you fall into it can be daunting to drive out on the roads for the first time. You are just beginning to learn what you need to do and how to drive a car responsibly and properly. It takes time to gain your confidence but in the meantime you still have to get used to being around other road users.
Unfortunately not all road users will be patient with learner drivers. We all have to start somewhere, yet many drivers forget this once they have some experience. Tailgating and trying to rush a learner driver is particularly frustrating, but it can be dangerous as well. This is when accidents can potentially happen.
Are you entitled to claim learner driver injury compensation?
While few learner drivers are involved in accidents when they start learning, there is a possibility something could go wrong. For example, if someone is tailgating you and you have to stop in a hurry, the person behind may well drive straight into you. If this happens you could suffer whiplash as a result.
There could also be other times when you are driving responsibly and within the confines of the Highway Code, and yet another driver might cause an accident. If you receive injuries as a result, you might get learner driver injury compensation.
Finding out whether you are entitled to claim
Of course, every road accident is different, so there is no set amount that a successful claim could result in. You never know how serious an accident is going to be, even if you are well within the speed limit at the time. This is why it is important to get as many facts as you can regarding the situation you have found yourself in. Of course, the driving instructor will also act as a witness to whatever happened.
Accident Advice Helpline handles compensation claims made by learner drivers, although thankfully they are not very common. If you fall into this category and you have injuries that you know were caused by someone else, you could make a claim. Contact us on 0800 689 0500 now and find out whether you might have an opportunity to use a no win, no fee* claim to seek compensation for your injuries.
Date Published: September 17, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead