No Win, No Fee Passenger Accident Claims
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I was a passenger in a car accident, can I still make a compensation claim?
Being injured as a passenger in a car or any vehicle is likely the last thing on anyone’s mind as they go about their daily business. Unfortunately, accidents involving passengers are sometimes unavoidable; but just because you were a passenger, it doesn’t mean you can’t make an accident compensation claim.
In short, a passenger in car accident claim is a claim that can be specifically made if you, or someone travelling as a passenger in your car, was injured as a result of an accident.
Unlike many personal injury claims that involve road traffic accidents, when it comes to claiming injury after a car accident, it’s actually much easier to put forward and win a passenger in car accident claim.
Passengers have far more compensation rights than other parties in RTA claims due to the fact that, in most cases, there is no way that a passenger can be deemed liable for the accident at hand. Drivers of any vehicle have a duty of care to ensure that you and other passengers don’t come to harm during travel, meaning that you’re eligible to make a claim should any car accident cause injury.
In cases of fatal collisions, you can even make a passenger in car accident compensation claim as the next of kin for your deceased relative.
That being said, it’s important to know how to make your passenger in car accident claim, as claims of this nature may become complicated if multiple parties are involved.
How to claim passenger in car accident compensation
To begin the process of claiming injury after a car accident, you’ll first need to speak to a solicitor in order to determine if your claim is valid. If it is, you’ll then need to decide which party or parties you wish to sue in order to claim compensation. Depending on the type of accident you were involved in, you could make a compensation claim against the following:
- The driver of the car you were a passenger in
- The driver of the other car or cars involved in the accident
- All drivers involved in the accident
If the circumstances allow, it may even be possible to make a claim against the local council or a car’s vehicle manufacturer if poor road surfaces or production malfunctions played a role in the accident.
An accident compensation claim can even be made if you were injured in an accident despite knowing that the driver was:
- Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Using a handheld mobile device while driving
- Witnessed the driver deliberately ignoring road safety
Naturally, the next part of the car accident claims process will involve assessing what damages you suffered as a result of the guilty party’s negligence. There are numerous injuries you can make a claim for, including but not limited to:
Once the details of your claim have been worked out, your lawyer will begin to build your case with as much evidence as possible. You can assist your lawyer in this process by providing some or all of the following:
- Your medical records detailing your injuries and prognosis after the accident
- Reports from the police and other emergency services who attended the scene
- Statements from any witnesses who saw or heard your accident
- Photos or film footage of the accident site
Of course, any other evidence you provide that can help your claim will only be beneficial.
Passenger in car accident compensation
The compensation provided if your compensation claim is accepted should cover damages as well as any additional expenses accrued during the claims process, such as reasonable private medical costs, transport to and from the hospital or work, and any income lost if you have been unable to work while you are recovering.
An example of a successful passenger accident claim was a man injured in a car crash caused by the driver of the car in which he was travelling. The claimant had severe whiplash and was also unable to work for three months whilst recovering. The other driver was insured and, after being presented with the evidence which included police and medical reports, his insurance company acknowledged liability. As a result, the client was awarded almost £7,000 in damages.
Can I still make a passenger in car accident claim if I was a passenger in a taxi?
Absolutely. Taxi passenger rights for UK citizens ensure that you can make an accident claim provided you were not at fault for the accident. UK law states that all taxi drivers must have adequate motor and public liability insurance that enables them to account for compensation in such situations.
That being said, as with any road traffic accident, it is always worth seeking legal expert advice when making your claim. It doesn’t matter if you were driving your children to school or were riding as a passenger on a motorbike when it crashed, you can claim injury after a car accident.
At The Compensation Experts, we only work with reputable personal injury solicitors who have experience in successfully claiming damages. We’ll match you with the one who best suits your needs and ensure you have the right legal support from beginning to end to make a successful claim.
Call today for a free, no-obligation discussion about starting your claim, or fill in our online form and we’ll call back at a time that suits you. We even offer a no-win, no-fee agreement*, so that you don’t have to pay a penny in the unlikely event that your claim is unsuccessful.
*Conditions may apply
Am I eligible?
If you've been involved in an RTA where you were the passenger, you have up to three years to begin the claims process.
Exceptions to this may include if the accident was a result of industrial disease or if you were a child when it occurred. In these cases, you may have a longer period to claim.Find out more
How much could I claim?
The level of injury suffered in an RTA, and the compensation awarded, will vary from case to case. Factors that lead to the calculation of the final figure often include the extent of your injuries, loss of earnings, future losses and much more.
Speak to our dedicated team of experts today and we'll give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim.Find out more
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the necessary evidence before notifying the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.Find out more