More often than not, being injured as a passenger means the accident causing your injuries was not your fault.
This means you are legally entitled to make a successful claim for passenger injury compensation, regardless of the type of vehicle you were travelling in/ on. Such vehicles may, for example, consist of:
- Private cars
How to make a successful claim following road accidents
Documenting road traffic accidents:
Unless your injuries make it impossible for you to do this, you should gather as much detailed information concerning the road accident as possible while at the scene. This includes securing:
- Names, contact and insurance details of everyone involved
- Vehicle registration numbers
- Names/ contact details of eye witnesses
- Names/ service numbers of police officers in attendance
Should you be unable to do this, police officers will gather the required information.
If possible, you should also take photographs of the scene of the traffic accident. This may include photos of:
- Vehicles involved and their positions
- Potential skid marks
- Road lay-out/condition
Again, if your condition does not allow you to do this straight away, you should return to the scene later, or ask someone to go for you, to get relevant visual evidence for a successful claim.
Passenger injuries and medical attention
Even if injuries seem minor or not immediately apparent, seeking immediate medical attention is also essential. Getting checked out at a surgery or emergency department will:
- Rule out potentially serious injuries (especially if blows to the head were sustained)
- Ensure you get the necessary treatment to recover from your injuries
- Ensure your injuries and required treatments are documented within your medical records
Legal representation for accident injury claims
Getting specialist legal assistance when making claims for passenger injuries is a must to ensure a successful claim. The legal team working for Accident Advice Helpline has been successfully dealing with passenger compensation claims for years.
Their assistance can be secured by calling the free-phone number and speaking to the friendly Accident Advice Helpline advisers. Available 24/7, advisers will treat calls confidentially and quickly assess whether compensation claims are justified and likely to be successful before passing them on to the legal team.
You will then be provided with all the necessary support to successfully conduct your claim for compensation for injury as a passenger on a no win, no fee (conditional fee agreement) basis. How long it will take to bring a claim to completion and how much compensation you eventually receive will depend on the circumstances and the extent of the injuries you received.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: November 4, 2013
Author: David Brown