Rights for passengers in road accidents
If you have sustained a whiplash injury or any other type of serious injury as the result of a road accident you should be entitled to compensation for your injuries. This holds true for passengers as well as drivers in any accident, and if you were the passenger of a vehicle which crashed and caused a whiplash injury in Bo’ness, you should be able to use the same process as the driver to claim compensation back. Here are some things you should know if you were the passenger in a crash.
You are the innocent party
If you have sustained a whiplash injury in Bo’ness as the result of an accident, and were not driving, then you are unlikely to be found anything other than innocent for the crash. This makes your chances of a successful compensation claim much higher than it would be for the driver.
You should be wearing a seatbelt
If you want to make a successful claim for your whiplash injury in Bo’ness, you will need to prove that you were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. Otherwise you may well be able to make a claim for compensation, but might not get as much in the way of financial compensation as the extent of your injuries could have been made worse due to you not wearing a seatbelt. If there was no seatbelt provided, this could help your claim.
Make sure your driver is sober
You may lose your case for compensation in some rare cases, if it can be proved that you knew the driver of your vehicle was operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you have left a party together, and you knew that they were drinking, for example, then you are at least partly to blame for your own injuries. If you know that a driver has been drinking you should never get into the car with them.
How to claim compensation for your whiplash injury in Bo’ness
The best way to claim compensation for your whiplash injury in Bo’ness is to use an injury lawyer, who will be able to work with you to ensure that you have the strongest possible case, and are given all the advice and support you need through your claim. You can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to someone about your accident and find out whether or not you are entitled to claim for compensation. The team at the helpline can team you with an in house injury lawyer who will work with you on a 100% no win no fee basis to process your claim, and will also work on your behalf so that you shouldn’t have to go to court.
Date Published: 1st May 2014
Author: David Brown