Making a claim for compensation is not just for the drivers of vehicles. If you are a passenger in a car, taxi, motorbike or other form of public transport and have been injured due to the negligence of someone else, you may be able to make a claim.
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Personal injury claims as a passenger will almost always be successful, as in normal circumstances passengers can rarely be held responsible for a road accident.
Any claim for compensation will be made against the at fault driver, which will either be the driver you were travelling with, or the driver of the vehicle that collided with you. If both drivers were at fault in some way then as an innocent passenger your compensation may be made up from claims against both drivers.
As long as you were unaware that the driver was uninsured you should still be able to make a claim, as claims for untraced or uninsured drivers are made through the Motor Insurers Bureau. However they will not accept passenger injury claims if you knew, or ought to have known, that the driver of their vehicle was:
Depending on the circumstances, your claim may be reduced if you knew that the driver was under the influence of alcohol, as the court will consider how much you contributed to your own injuries. This contribution can include facts such as knowing that the driver had consumed alcohol or was not wearing a seatbelt. Our specialist lawyers can assess any contributing factors and advise you accordingly.
Children who are injured in a road accident have a right to compensation like any other passenger, as the parent or guardian of an injured child can make a claim on their behalf. This claim should ideally be made immediately after the accident, but can be made any time before the child reaches the age of 18.
But following an accident, a child booster or car seat should always be replaced even if there is no obvious sign of damage.
Our guide on children suffering from whiplash provides further information on identifying an injury in a young passenger.
Call us today on 08000 93 00 94 to discuss your claim with one of our legal advisors, or you can complete an enquiry form online and we'll call you back.
If you're worried about legal costs in the event that you lose, don't be. Road accident claims are normally dealt with under our no win no fee arrangement, so you can make a compensation claim without any financial risk.