Yes, passengers can claim after a road traffic accident.
Being hurt in a road accident is something you never expect to happen. While no amount of money can make up for the pain and injuries you’ve endured, a personal injury claim can at least help you get back on your feet financially.
Some assume that as a passenger in a road collision, it’s difficult to claim compensation but passengers have as much right to claim as drivers.
Injuries like whiplash can be quite common in road traffic accidents and passengers can be affected as much as drivers. And if there’s no passenger airbag, you may suffer worse injuries than the vehicle’s driver.
What if the driver of my vehicle was at fault?
You can claim no matter who was at fault: the driver of the vehicle you were travelling in, or the person in control of another vehicle.
If the accident was caused by the person driving you, then you can make a claim through the driver’s insurance within three years of the accident taking place.
In fact, road traffic accident compensation can cover a wide range of situations including:
- A pedestrian hit by a moving vehicle.
- A motorcyclist involved in a collision with another vehicle.
- A cyclist struck by a car.
- A driver or passenger injured in an accident due to dangerous road surface.
All that may be needed to make a claim is a solicitor to represent you, sufficient proof of any injuries sustained, and evidence that the accident was caused by someone else – be it the driver you were travelling with at the time or another motorist.
If you’ve been given the green light to make a claim but you’re unsure who was responsible for the road traffic accident, then we may be able to offer some guidance. Call one of our advisors or complete our online claim form.