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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

    Guide to injuries suffered by passengers


    When a road traffic accident occurs, people tend to think immediately of the driver – are they ok? Was it their fault? Are they in hospital? Yet passengers can also sustain serious injuries in a road accident, often more so than the driver, especially in vehicles that do not have passenger airbags or the impact was sustained on the passenger side.

    Consider, for example, being injured in a road traffic accident that involved a car hitting the passenger’s door – that passenger would receive a huge amount of impact, while the driver would be in a far better position. In such situations, the passenger’s injury can be substantial, and the most common injuries include:

    • Whiplash
    • Concussion/head trauma
    • Fractured or broken bones
    • Burns

    There are also incidences where injuries have led to spinal injuries, amputations and even death. Many injuries can be lessened, or even avoided, by the correct positioning of the headrest and wearing the seatbelt, but some accidents will always leave painful mementos. In such cases, if the injured party wasn’t at fault, then a road traffic accident claim can be filed.

    Making a car accident claim with passengers involved

    Car crash compensation can be awarded to an injured person if they were injured in a car accident that wasn’t their fault. A good example would be driving within the speed limit and a car pulling out when they shouldn’t, not leaving enough room for the travelling car to brake in time, thus resulting in a collision. The car at fault would be the one that pulled out, and the one that was unable to stop could seek compensation if injuries were sustained, especially if those injuries led to time off work or medical or legal bills.

    Passengers injured considering compensation

    If you think you may be eligible for compensation and want to file a car crash claim, the first step is to contact Accident Advice Helpline, the law firm with years of experience. There is a 30-second test and a free phone number on the website, where consumers can find out if their case is eligible for filing a claim. There is no obligation to proceed, but if you decide to let Accident Advice Helpline represent you, there is no money to be paid upfront as it works on the principle of ‘no win, no fee*’ – which means it’s also in the company’s interest to ensure you win the case.

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    Date Published: November 1, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.