How to be a considerate passenger and when to make personal injury claims after an accident
If you are a passenger in someone else’s car, it is important that you are a safe and considerate passenger, just as important as them being a considerate and careful driver. If you are a bad passenger and you get into an accident, you may be at least partly to blame for this accident and liable to pay compensation to your driver for being unsafe and distracting. Being a safe and considerate passenger will mean that more drivers are comfortable driving you around, and that you should be safer when you are in a car. Here are some tips for being as safe as possible.
- Be quiet. Even if you are not being loud and rambunctious, just talking a lot in the presence of your driver can be very distracting for them. Many drivers will be too polite to ask you to stop talking, so just be quiet for them. If they want to talk they will start talking to you.
- Let the driver choose the route. Don’t be a backseat driver! When you are driving you get to choose the route, the music and when you stop. As the passenger you are getting driven to your destination and so have to deal with whatever choices the driver makes.
- Point out problems. If you spot a problem that the driver may not have seen coming, point it out to them so that they can make moves to steer clear of it. Make sure you only do this once, and calmly, or you risk irritating your driver and distracting them.
- Clean up after yourself. Nothing is worse for a driver than someone who really makes themselves at home in your car, and leaves all of their mess behind. If you are this kind of passenger you may find that you very rarely get invited back into the car!
When to make personal injury claims in Islington
If you do get into an accident and you were not driving, you may be able to make personal injury claims in Islington against the driver if you can prove that their negligence caused the accident. You should think carefully before making personal injury claims in Islington as they can work out to be expensive and put you in a bad situation with the person you are claiming against, so it is not worth it if you don’t think you will win.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to speak to the team about making personal injury claims in Islington and whether or not you have a good case for compensation. If you do then the team will handle this on your behalf anyway, and you shouldn’t even have to go to court.
Date Published: 1st August 2014
Author: David Brown