What are your rights as a passenger in a car accident?
Vehicle drivers owe their passengers a duty of care, and they are legally obliged to look after their passengers by driving safely.
When a driver fails in their duty of care, resulting in injury, a passenger has the right to claim compensation. If somebody dies due to a driver’s negligence, then their estate has a right to claim compensation.
Passengers who are involved in road traffic accidents are never at fault, which means they are always entitled to claim compensation.
What types of injuries can passengers claim for?
Passengers can claim for a wide range of injuries. An accident can cause considerable physical, psychological and financial suffering. Passenger injuries may include bruising, scarring, broken bones, burns, whiplash, spinal injuries, loss of limbs and fatal injuries.
One of the most common road traffic accident claims is for whiplash.
Whiplash can occur when a vehicle receives a sudden impact that forces someone’s body to jerk sharply. This can cause a neck injury, shoulder and back pain and stiffness, muscle spasms, pins and needles and headaches.
How much compensation will you receive for a whiplash claim?
If you have suffered whiplash, the level of compensation you will receive depends upon the severity of your injuries, recovery time, the treatment you have undergone and the extent to which your injuries have impacted the quality of your life.
At Davisons, we believe that when you have suffered an injury that is not your fault, then you deserve compensation.
As well as claiming for injuries, other losses can be included in your passenger whiplash claim, such as:
- Your medical expenses
- Your travel expenses
- Loss of earnings you have suffered and are likely to suffer in the future
- The financial impact of any care you have received from others
Other losses can be included in your compensation claim, and our personal injury claim specialist solicitors can advise you.