What should you do as a passenger involved in a road traffic accident?
All road accidents where people have been injured should be reported to the police immediately or within 24 hours of it occurring so that the accident can be officially documented.
You should take a note of their contact details (name, address and phone numbers) of all the drivers involved in the road accident along with the registration numbers of their vehicles. For buses and coaches you should also note down their route number or destination and what company they’re owned by. For taxis you should take the driver’s taxi ID number.
If it is possible and safe to do so, you should take photographic evidence of the scene of the accident for your solicitor. Photos of the position of all the affected vehicles along with their registration numbers can help your solicitor determine what exactly happened and who was responsible for the accident.
It is recommended that you should see a doctor to assess any injuries that you may have received from the accident. Your doctor can often diagnose hidden injuries that are not visible on the outside.
Why should you claim as a passenger of a road traffic accident?
Passengers including children that are injured from a road traffic accident are often unaware that they are entitled to make a compensation claim. Injuries of any kind including whiplash will take time to recover. Compensation for road traffic injuries often covers the treatment and any expenses incurred as a result from the accident.
If your own driver was responsible for the accident, then there is no reason why shouldn’t make a claim against them even if they’re someone you know. As long as the driver is insured; compensation will be covered by the insurers. Also, a driver who is responsible for the accident will most likely lose their no-claim bonus regardless; therefore any extra claims brought in cannot affect it further.
Limitation period for claims from passengers of road traffic accidents
A limitation period is the maximum time allowed to bring a claim to the courts after an event has occurred. The limitation period for passengers injured in road traffic accidents is generally 3 years, unless you’re a minor in which you have until you turn 21 years of age. Please note that this limitation period does not apply for passengers in planes or boats.
Do you have a valid claim?
As a passenger you are still entitled to bring a claim when:
- The accident was a hit and run incident
- The responsibility for the road accident is split between drivers
- The driver responsible for the accident has no car insurance
As with all types of compensation claims, the earlier it is brought in, the better it is for your solicitors and the insurers to work out liability. If you are unsure or hesitant about whether your accident gives you the entitlement to make a claim, then why not contact Scott Rees & Co for a professional opinion and advice?
If you’re worried about what we charge, well, thanks to our no win no fee policy, there is no cost for contacting us about your accident and situation. To start your claim now, or to answer any questions you may have, you can complete our online claim form or ring us on any of the numbers provided throughout the website.