Donít feel guilty about claiming as a passenger against the driver

Passengers are sometimes forgotten when discussing compensation claims and road accidents in general, including their exposure to dangers on the road.


United Kingdom – WEBWIRE – Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Many people do not realise they can make a claim against the driver of the vehicle they are in, even if the driver is someone they know, for example a husband or wife.

Passengers are sometimes forgotten when discussing compensation claims and road accidents in general, including their exposure to dangers on the road.

In the last week, there have been many road accidents that have hit the headlines which have left passengers with serious injuries and even fatalities, including a male passenger who suffered back injuries and had to be cut free from a car in Gloucester, an elderly passenger who has life threatening injuries following a crash in Harewood and tragically a coach crash in Devon which caused two passenger fatalities and has left seven passengers seriously injured.

As a passenger, good road safety also applies and it is a legal requirement to buckle up and wear a seat belt when in the front or back of any vehicle to ensure your safety. Furthermore, pillion motorcycle passengers should also wear the recommended safety equipment such as helmets leathers, gloves and adequate footwear. The key is to ensure youíve done everything possible to safeguard yourself from injury in a road accident situation.

As a passenger, most road accidents occur through no fault of your own; in most cases the accident has been caused by the driverís negligence of the vehicle you are in, or due to the driver of another vehicle that has caused the crash.

Therefore itís important to know that you can get legal help in making a compensation claim should you be injured as a passenger in a road traffic accident.

Many people do not realise they can make a claim against the driver of the vehicle they are in, even if the driver is someone they know, for example a husband or wife. People can feel guilty or do not realise they have a right to make a claim for their injuries; however compensation will be paid by the driverís insurance company and not the driver themselves.

Other examples can include:

The injuries sustained from a road traffic accident can be debilitating and life changing, causing physical harm or financial loss if you are unable to work, so itís important you seek out professional legal advice from a team that is experienced in handling more difficult passenger injury claims.

Freeclaim Solicitors have a dedicated road accident team. Their experienced road accident lawyers are members of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) and can handle every case with compassion and professionalism, ensuring you get the compensation you deserve.

Youíve nothing to lose and everything to gain, so get in touch with the experts in road traffic accident personal injury claims at Freeclam Solicitors today. Visit www.freeclaim.co.uk for more information.


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