If you have been involved in an accident as a passenger, you will be entitled to make a compensation claim for any injuries you have sustained.
Being a passenger in a vehicle at the time of an accident affords you the same legal rights as if you were the driver of the vehicle. Regardless of whether you knew the driver at fault, you will be considered an innocent victim in the eyes of the law. You will only lose out on your right to compensation if the guilty driver can prove that your actions caused him or her to lose control of the vehicle you were travelling in.
What to do if you’re a passenger in an accident and you wish to claim compensation
If you wish to claim compensation, it is vital that you gather evidence in support of your innocence. This means that you must make a note of the names, addresses, telephone numbers and insurance policy numbers of all the drivers involved in the accident. If you are able, you should also take detailed photographs of the accident scene, record the details of any witnesses to the collision and take down the registration numbers of the vehicles involved.
What to do if you’re a passenger in an accident and you believe you may have been partly to blame
If you were not wearing your seat belt at the time of the accident and the accident was not your fault, you will still be able to make a claim. However, a judge may consider you guilty of contributory negligence and reduce the size of your compensation settlement accordingly. This means that he or she may knock 25% off the total value of your settlement.
What to do if you’re a passenger in an accident and you require compensation claim advice
If you require help with your compensation claim, please call Accident Advice Helpline for honest legal advice. Our trained claims advisors are experts in all personal injury matters and they will be able to advise you on whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. If we believe you have a case, our specialist personal injury solicitors will be pleased to talk you through the process of making a 100% no win, no fee* passenger accident claim.
Date Published: 11th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell
Category: Road Traffic Accident Claims