If you’re travelling as a passenger in a taxi, on public transport or in a private vehicle such as a car or van, or even riding as a passenger on a motorcycle, you could be eligible to claim for compensation if you’re injured as a result of driver negligence. This could relate to the driver of the vehicle you’re travelling in or a third party driver, but either way, personal injury compensation claims require the services of a specialist lawyer.
Common road accident injuries
The injuries suffered by passengers in road accidents can vary from seemingly minor injuries such as whiplash (which can actually be incredibly painful) to more serious injuries including burns, broken bones, spinal injuries, head injuries and amputation, even fatalities. It’s important not to travel as a passenger in a car with someone you know is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as the amount of compensation you may be able to claim could be reduced if you were aware of the situation. In any case, it’s not wise to travel in a car with someone who is under the influence, as accidents are more likely to happen!
All passengers over the age of 14 are required by law to wear an adult seatbelt, and you’re responsible for ensuring you’re wearing it and that it is properly adjusted to fit. Children should always wear a child restraint, or an adult seatbelt if this fits properly. This can help to prevent serious injury or death in the event of a crash.
Personal injury compensation – how to claim
If you’ve been injured as a result of driver negligence, you usually have three years to claim for compensation – at Accident Advice Helpline, we recommend you claim as soon as possible after your accident. It’s a good idea to take contact details for any witnesses at the scene, and the details of any third party involved; you’ll need the make, model and registration of their car as well as their personal contact details. Then give us a call on our freephone helpline – 0800 689 0500 – we’re here 24/7 to take your call and can offer no-obligation advice.
Whether you’ve claimed before or are new to the process, we’ll be able to talk you through what happens next, and our friendly, professional advisers will be able to put your fears to rest. There’s usually no need to attend court, as most claims can be processed over the phone, and you won’t need to pay any upfront fees – our 100% no win, no fee service means you only pay if your claim is successful.
Date Published: January 12, 2014
Author: David Brown