Road traffic accidents not only injure drivers and pedestrians, but also often cause injuries to passengers. If you happened to be injured in a road accident while travelling as a passenger in a private car, taxi, bus, van or other vehicle, you may be entitled to be a passenger claiming injury compensation.
Who is liable for passenger injuries caused by road traffic accidents?
Depending on who was responsible for the traffic accident, you may be able to claim against the driver of the vehicle you were travelling in or the driver of another vehicle/ individual responsible. In either case, you will be eligible to make a personal injury claim.
What to do as a passenger claiming injury compensation
The first thing you should do is to get as much information concerning the accident as possible. This includes names and contact details and vehicle registrations and insurance details of all involved parties, as well as relevant statements/ contact details and, of course, names of potential witnesses.
If road conditions were at least partly to blame for the road accident, this should also be recorded. If at all possible, pictures of the scene should also be taken. This includes images of damages, potential visible injuries, skid marks on the road and so on. Should you be unable to take photos at the time of the vehicle accident, you can always go back later.
The next step is to seek medical assistance as soon as possible, even if no immediately visible or painful injuries are present. Whiplash and some other injuries can be detected through medical examinations even if they are not instantly noticed by the injured person.
Making passenger injury claims
Should you wish to claim for injury as a passenger, you should then contact Accident Advice Helpline as soon after the accident as possible, as the limitation period for such claims is three years.
Experienced and extremely friendly advisors are available to talk confidentially and without obligation to proceed with a claim via the company’s 24/7 free-phone number. Alternatively, you can start by checking whether a claim for passenger injury compensation has a chance of being successful by using the company’s compensation calculator, which can be found on Accident Advice Helpline’s website.
On proceeding with a claim, you will be assigned a legal partner specialising in passenger injury claims. This professional will be 100 per cent independent, deal with all aspects of your claim and get you the compensation you deserve on a ‘no win, no fee*’ basis. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: October 28, 2013
Author: David Brown