Can passengers claim compensation after a car accident?

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The Department for Transport (DfT) recently released its annual report covering road casualties in 2021, which shows that unfortunately accident numbers are rising once more, almost reaching pre-pandemic levels again.

Of course, when a serious car accident happens, it is not just the driver that can get severely injured and passengers in the car may also sustain life-changing injuries.

If you have been travelling as a passenger in a car and suffered severe injuries after an accident, you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.

Claire Sagala, a specialist personal injury solicitor from our Swindon team, answers some of the questions we are frequently asked about passenger accident claims.

Why is compensation important after a car accident?

Our team of specialist personal injury solicitors understand the huge impact serious injuries as a result of a car crash or accident can have on your day-to-day life. You may be struggling with a head or brain injury or physical limitations, such as mobility issues. You may be unable to work because of the accident, which can put you under intense financial pressure. This can be incredibly upsetting and frustrating, particularly if you were just a passenger in the car and the crash was not your fault.

While no amount of personal injury compensation can take away your trauma, it may give you the financial support you need and help you access specialist private medical treatment and rehabilitation.

We are here to help you get your life back on track after a car accident that was caused by no fault of your own.

Who is responsible when a passenger is involved in a car accident?

Drivers have a responsibility to drive safely, and to follow the Highway Code at all times. They also have a legal duty of care to others, including their passengers.

Failure to drive without due care and attention or not following the rules of the road can lead to tragic consequences.. This can result in serious injuries such as bone fractures, spinal injuries and head injuries, or in the worst cases, fatalities.

If you were hurt as a passenger and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a compensation claim against the driver’s insurance company. At Novum Law, we offer No Win No Fee funding which means there is no financial risk to you or any hidden, unexpected costs. In the highly unlikely event, your passenger accident claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay anything.

Can you make a passenger claim if the driver was uninsured?

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was caused by an uninsured driver or the driver fled the scene, you can still make a claim for personal injury compensation. In these cases, our team of specialist car accident solicitors will submit the claim to the Motor Insurance Bureau which operates a scheme to provide compensation to the victims of uninsured drivers.

Making a compensation claim as a passenger in a car accident

If you were injured as a passenger in a car crash, it’s important you speak to a specialist personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

The lawyer will discuss your accident with you to establish who was at fault and find out the impact of the accident on your life. They will work with you to build your case using evidence and witnesses to ensure you can secure the maximum compensation you need.

The consequences of an accident can have a devastating impact on both your health and your financial situation. This is what makes compensation so important, as it can go towards supporting you and your loved ones at a difficult time. This can include cover for:

  • Lost wages because of not being able to work (temporarily or permanently) following your accident
  • Any rehabilitation, therapy, or specialist medical treatment you need
  • Specialist devices and adaptations to your home that you might need because of your injury
  • Care and support costs
  • Travel costs for any appointments you need following your injury

Our cases are conducted on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis and most claims are settled before the need to go to court. This minimises any further financial and mental stress and ensures you and your loved ones can focus on moving on from your accident and gaining the best possible quality of life.

How much compensation do you get for a passenger accident claim?

All car accident claims are different and there is no set amount for the level of compensation you are entitled to after being injured as a passenger.

Our expert personal injury solicitors won’t be able to tell you the exact amount you are entitled to until they have thoroughly investigated the details of your car accident.

Your specialist lawyer will work out the maximum amount of compensation by looking at several factors, including:

  • The seriousness of your injuries
  • Your pain and suffering
  • The impact of your injuries on your life
  • How your accident has affected your loved ones
  • How the car accident has impacted you financially

Is there a time limit for claims?

Usually, you have 3 years from the date of your injury to make a car accident passenger claim. However, there are some situations when the time limit may change. For example:

  • If you were under 18 years when the car accident happened, you have until you turn 21 to claim for compensation.
  • If you are making a claim for someone who, for whatever reason, lacks the mental capacity to make their own important decisions. If you are not sure about capacity, you can get in touch with our team who will be happy to advise you.

If you think you are getting close to the 3-year time limit, it is vital you get in touch with a specialist personal injury solicitor as soon as possible who can let you know if there is time to make a passenger accident claim.

Novum Law supports passengers in car accidents

Claire Sagala from our Swindon team has over 20 years’ experience supporting people who have been involved in serious car accidents, and says:

“The physical and mental trauma of being injured as a passenger in a car accident can be hard to overstate. Passengers can also too often be the hidden victims of car crashes, even though they are so rarely at fault. It’s important to encourage all motorists to drive safely and respect the rules, because the impact of an accident rarely stops at a crash site: it can be life changing for victims and their loved ones.

“At Novum Law, we have wide-ranging experience of supporting passengers who have been seriously injured in car accidents and we want to make it clear that they deserve help, support and compensation so they can move on with their lives.”

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. Novum Law’s specialist team has the expertise to support you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis. To find out more,  call us for free on 0800 884 0777, email us at or complete our online enquiry form.

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