By Greg Neill, Paralegal at Hampson Hughes Solicitors
If you have been involved in a Road Traffic Accident and were a passenger – whether in a car, taxi, bus or coach – and you have suffered an injury, then you are entitled to compensation whether you were in the fault vehicle or not!
It is common misconception that if you are a passenger in a vehicle that was at fault for the accident then you cannot claim for the injuries you suffered.
This is not true!
You can claim. An argument over fault (liability) is only between the drivers of the vehicles, therefore a claim for injury suffered by a passenger will always succeed.
Some people also think that it is only the driver in an accident who can make a claim for personal injury but this isn’t the case! If you have been in an accident and the vehicle you were in was not at fault then you, the driver and any other passengers in the vehicle can make a claim for compensation if you have suffered injury.
If you are aware that you can claim as a passenger but do not want to make a claim for the injury you suffered because, for example, the driver of the fault vehicle was a friend or family member then fear not, it is the insurance company that pays your compensation.
The driver has a duty to report any accident involving a third party to their insurance company regardless of fault. If they were at fault, their insurance premium will be adversely affected whether a passenger who has suffered injury makes a claim or not – you have nothing to lose!
Are you worried about costs? Then don’t be.
Here at Hampson Hughes Solicitors we don’t charge you a penny.
As a passenger, we still deal with your case on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis and you will be entitled to 100% compensation once your case is settled.
What if your accident was 18 months ago? That’s ok, you can still make a claim!
Remember, you have up to 3 years from the date of the accident to make a claim for personal injury.
So remember, if you are a passenger and you suffer injury then no matter who is at fault, you are entitled to compensation.
If you want more information on how to begin a claim for personal injury having been involved in a road traffic accident, please call the experts at Hampson Hughes Solicitors on 0800 888 6888 or email