Things to consider when you’ve suffered accident injuries as a passenger
It’s hard when you have had injuries in a car accident and you were the driver. But when you have had accident injuries as a passenger in someone else’s car, that can be even worse. Things can get quite messy, especially when it involves a friend or a family member, or even someone that you don’t know. Here are some things to think about when you have been injured in a vehicle accident and you were a passenger. They will help you with this difficult time and can make things a lot easier.
Was a family member or friend driving when you got your accident injuries?
A lot of passengers are worried about filing a claim when someone that they know was driving, especially when it was a friend or a loved one. But they should remember that the compensation can aid their recovery and if the claim’s successful, the insurance is going to be paying the compensation, not the person. So the person shouldn’t really be concerned about filing a claim when they were injured in an accident. The person who was driving, if they are a good friend or are related to the injured passenger, would want the person to be taken care of anyway.
What if the person driving when you got your accident injuries as a passenger had no insurance?
It’s required that all of the drivers have to have insurance so they’re covered in case they have an accident. But if the driver’s not covered by insurance, it could be possible to go through the MIB. This is a company which was set up for this purpose, for compensating victims who were injured because of someone who was uninsured, or when the driver left the accident. This happens more often than not, so that is why this was set up.
Accident injuries as a passenger on public transport
When someone’s injured whilst they’re on public transport, like a bus or taxi, this is also something that they may be able to claim for.
The person might have a claim if:
- they were injured when the taxi or bus hits another vehicle or the taxi or bus is hit by another vehicle.
- they were on a bus and injured from a fall because of bad driving as seen by other people on the bus
- they were injured because they fell because the driver pulled off as they were stepping off or on the bus.
If you have been injured whilst you were a passenger and you really want to file a claim, one of the best things that you can do is to find a solicitor. Our staff at Accident Advice Helpline is ready to help. We can offer the right solicitor to you and you won’t have to pay anything up front. We are always here and we are ready to point you where you have to go. Our solicitors are great and knowledgeable and they are ready to help you win your case. Give us a call right now on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 1st November 2012
Author: David Brown