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Personal Injury Compensation Claims for Passengers injured in Road Accidents

Introduction to Personal Injury Claims for Injured Passengers
  About Compensation Claims for Passengers injured in Road Accidents
Injuries suffered by Passengers in Road Accidents
  Types of Injuries Passengers suffer in Road Accidents
Protecting Passengers from Injuries
  The Law on Seatbelts
News Stories we have published about injured passengers we have helped
  Passenger Accident Compensation Claims we have dealt with
Personal Injury Compensation Claim Advice
  How to begin a personal injury claim following a Road Traffic Accident

Introduction to Personal Injury Claims for Injured Passengers

About Compensation Claims for Passengers injured in Road Accidents

Whether you are a passenger on public transport, in a taxi or in a privately owned vehicle such as a van, car or motorcycle, if you are injured due to someone else's negligence you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.

Road accidents are unfortunately very common and can cause injuries to passengers in exactly the same way as drivers are injured.  The only difference is that it would be very unlikely that a passenger would ever be found to be anything other than an innocent party.

If you have been injured in a road accident as a passenger you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation.  For more information about how Thompsons Solicitors can help you, complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Injuries suffered by Passengers in Road Accidents

Types of Injuries Passengers suffer in Road Accidents

Injuries suffered by passengers in road accidents can vary from minor whiplash to broken bones, burns, head injuries, spinal injuries or even amputations.  Some road accidents can even lead to fatalities.

Passengers can help to prevent or minimise injuries by wearing their seatbelts at all times whether in the front or back of the vehicle.  They should also refrain from distracting the driver and if riding as a pillion passenger on a motorcycle should wear all of the recommended safety wear such as a helmet, leathers, boots and gloves.

To prevent or minimise injuries to children they should be strapped into a suitable child's car seat.  Until a child reaches 14 years old it is the driver of the vehicle's responsibility to ensure that the child is protected by a car seat or seatbelt.  Further information about protecting children as passengers in road accidents can be found below.

There have been legal cases where the guilty driver's insurance company has challenged the right of an injured passenger to recover compensation where the injured person was aware that the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When this happens, it may result in the recovery of slightly discounted compensation but the fundamental right to recover damages is preserved. If the passenger was completely unaware that the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, there is no discount at all.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a passenger in a road accident you may be able to make a compensation claim.  For more information contact us on 08000 224 224.

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Protecting Passengers from Injuries

The Law on Seatbelts

In private cars the law states that every person over the age of 14 has to wear an adult seatbelt if it is available regardless of whether they are travelling in the front or back of the vehicle.  Every passenger over the age of 14 is responsible for ensuring they are wearing their seatbelt and that it is properly adjusted.

Children under the age of 14 must either wear a child restraint or use the adult seatbelt depending on their exact age and height.  There are very few exceptions to these rules.

For more in depth information about the Law and Child Car Seats and Seatbelts visit www.childcarseats.org.uk/index.htm.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a passenger in a road accident you may be able to make an accident compensation claim.  For more information about how Thompsons Solicitors can help you, complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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News Stories we have published about injured passengers we have helped

Passenger Accident Compensation Claims we have dealt with

In the past we have published news stories on our website about injured passengers we have helped with their personal injury compensation claims.  To read a selection of these, follow the links below or to read all of our news stories, visit our News Desk.

9th January 2013 - Family compensated after death of mother in car accident

8th June 2011 - Father’s Unite membership helps teenager claim damages after terrifying car accident

9th September 2010 - Woman injured in car crash receives £4200 compensation

5th August 2010 - Multiple head injury compensated

9th November 2009 - Army Captain receives £150,000 after car crash

1st September 2009 - Teenager's compensation trebled by Thompsons

21st November 2008 - Union Trebles Compensation Payment to £6,500

23rd May 2008 - Paramedic secures compensation for injury after van runs red light

12th March 2007 - GMB wins £32,000 compensation for North London worker injured in car accident

14 March 2005 - Road crash victim says keep small claims limit

If you or someone you know has been injured as a passenger in a road accident, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.  For more information contact us on 08000 224 224.

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Personal Injury Compensation Claim Advice

How to begin a personal injury claim following a Road Traffic Accident

If you or anyone you know has suffered an injury as result of a road traffic accident as a passenger, telephone us now for accurate claim advice.

There are strict time limits in place to make any injury claim including claims originating from road accidents. For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury matters. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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