If you are injured as a passenger on public transport, in a car, taxi, van or lorry or riding pillion on a motorcycle, chances are that your accident was someone else's fault and you will, in all likelihood, be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation. Your injuries will either be the fault of the person driving or riding the vehicle you were in, or will be down to the negligent or careless actions of a third party.
Injuries suffered by passengers in road accidents can be very serious. Some road accidents can even lead to fatalities . Often there can be a lot of tension between the injured person, or their family, and the driver or rider responsible. The trouble is that you may have known the person responsible for the accident very well.
- Can a passenger claim for injury resulting from an RTA?
It is very rare for a passenger to be anything other than an innocent party. However, there may be an allegation that you distracted the driver or that you weren’t strapped in properly. If your accident happened on a bus, there may be no record that you were even hurt and it may be difficult to track down the correct bus company or driver. We are used to handling difficult cases and we won’t be put off by these challenges. In fact, we take over cases all the time which other solicitors have given up on.
- What should I do if I have been injured as a passenger?
The most important thing is to ask for the name and policy number of the vehicle insurer. However we can get hold of that even if you haven’t managed to do so. With that information, we can deal with the claim direct without making things any more difficult than they already are. At Barlow Robbins, we will ensure you are represented by a proper professional who is highly experienced. We will represent you in your case and deal with the police and insurers on your behalf in order to avoid things getting too personal.
- The importance of wearing a seatbelt
Young children should be strapped into a suitable child's car seat. Until a child reaches 14 years old it is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that the child is properly protected in an age appropriate car seat or by using a seatbelt.
Everyone over the age of 14 travelling in a private car has to wear an adult seatbelt if it is available. Every passenger over the age of 14 is responsible for ensuring they are wearing their seatbelt and that it is properly adjusted.