Been a passenger in a car accident with a friend or relative that wasn’t your fault. Should you claim?
According to statistics released by the British Government, there were 182,560 injuries as a result of traffic accidents in 2017. Though this has fallen from the previous year, the number of serious injuries had risen as a percentage amount. Of these road traffic accidents, a large number affected passengers. Injuries suffered while riding in a car as a passenger can be very serious. If you have suffered such an injury, you may be owed compensation.
Being a passenger in a car accident, injuries can play an important role. Often, you as a passenger has little control over the accident. Should you suffer debilitating injuries as a result, then these injuries are often seen as suffered as the result of another party’s negligence. These life-changing injuries can cost huge amounts, be it emotionally, physically, or financially.
If you were a passenger in a car accident, you have the right to file a passenger car accident claim and seek compensation for the injuries you have sustained.
Although an important point to remember if you are thinking about claiming against the drunk driver is that yes, it’s normally that liability for drink driving accidents will rest with the drunk driver, but courts will often consider whether the passenger knew the driver was drunk before entering the vehicle.
Such knowledge held by an injured passenger could have a bearing on the final compensation amount paid in Personal Injury claims as the court could make a deduction for what’s known as “contributory negligence”
Generally, where a passenger has got into a vehicle with a drunk driver, the defendant driver’s insurance company will generally seek a 20 per cent reduction for contributory negligence if it can be established that the passenger knew the driver had too much to drink.
Claiming as a passenger who sustained an injury in a Public Transport Accident
As we know, not all accidents involve a car. There are many different situations where individuals are injured in an accident involving public transport. For example, when riding a bus, taxi, ferries, and many more forms of transportation which are open to the public.
Of course, the process of filing such a claim will differ from filing a claim involving cars or private road vehicles. The body considered responsible for the compensation payout might instead be the operator of the transportation network rather than the individual driver. So, if you were to file a claim against a public vehicle, you should always remember to get not just the vehicles details but also the driver’s information (including the details of the organisation that employs them).
Stuck between wanting to claim compensation that your rightly entitled to but not wanted to offend or cause a divide between a friendship or relationship? All we can say is that it is 100% your decision.
Although there is no harm in finding out how much you could be entitled to though right?
We suggest that you start by filling out the simple form below to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to and then seek advice from there