PASSENGER ACCIDENT CLAIMS
Have you or a loved one been a passenger that was injured in a car accident? You may be entitled to financial compensation.
It isn’t just drivers who can claim for injuries sustained on the road – car accidents can cause injuries to all sorts of people, including passengers, drivers, and innocent bystanders. All of these people may have been affected by the car accident in some way, and may have a potential compensation claim.
Free Legal Justice has a national team of accident claims handlers that are always available to give you free legal advice about your potential passenger accident claim. Our accident claims team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to guide you through every step of your passenger accident claim.
What Is A passenger Car Accident Claim?
Car accidents are one of the main causes of personal injury in the United Kingdom as a whole. According to the statistics released by the UK Department of Transport, there were 157 630 reported personal injury car accidents in Great Britain for the year ending June 2019.
In simple terms, a car accident is any type of incident that involves a car. Car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons and can lead to a variety of accident claims. A car accident could involve a situation where two cars collide with one another, or where a car collides with a motorbike or bicycle, and also include incidents where a pedestrian is injured by a car.
Being in any form of car accident is a traumatic experience for everyone involved. Besides the emotional stress and shock, damage to the cars and possessions, a car accident often results in injuries to one or more parties. Injuries caused by car accidents can range from whiplash, to serious head injuries, broken limbs, and in extreme cases, death.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, you may have a valid passenger accident claim, and be entitled to financial compensation. Our team of dedicated and knowledgeable passenger accident claims solicitors are here to help you institute a compensation claim if you have suffered any injuries and financial loss as a result of another person’s actions. We know that being injured in any type of accident is scary, and we want to lend a helping hand to guide you through the compensation claim process. We will take over all the hard work during the claims process, leaving you with less paperwork and minimal stress.
To get in touch with one of passenger accident claims solicitors in The UK, simply fill out short online query form and wait for us to call you back, or call Free Legal Justice today on 0121 565 4317 to speak to one of our friendly team members about your accident claim. Our claims team is available 24 hours day, 7 days a week and is here to give free legal advice on potential passenger accident claims. We are also happy to consult with from comfort of your home, so let a Free Legal Justice team member in The UK know if you would like a home visit from one of our legal experts, to start your claim today.
How Do You Make Passenger Accident Claims?
You should always seek help from an experienced passenger accident claims handler when considering instituting a passenger accident claim. Free Legal Justice has been handling accident claims for a long time. Car accidents, whether minor or serious, can affect people in different ways, and we aim to treat every passenger accident claim equally, giving it the attention and respect it deserves. Our passenger accident claims team gives 100 percent effort at all times, to make sure that all our clients receive the maximum financial compensation they deserve.
Making a personal injury claim can often seem like a daunting task, but the team at Free Legal Justice is here to support you every step of the way. Our accident claims team is happy to offer every potential client the chance to have their passenger accident claim evaluated before they decide to proceed. As a victim of a car accident, we want to give each passenger a voice, and the chance to discuss their case fully and freely with a legal professional that specialises in passenger accident claims. The Free Legal Justice team will deal with your case sensitively and discreetly, and will protect your privacy and security throughout the entire process. Our national team is here to listen to you and provide you with free legal advice on the merits of your accident claim, with no obligations on your part.
Can You Make Passenger Accident Claims If You Were Not Wearing A Seatbelt?
As an innocent passenger in a car accident, your injuries have been caused by another person and you will likely have a lawful claim for compensation. You are not disqualified from making a passenger accident claim simply because you were not wearing your seatbelt at the time of the accident. That being said, if the evidence shows that by not wearing your seatbelt, you made your injuries worse, then your compensation total will be reduced. You may be found partially to blame for the severity of injury sustained in the car accident and your compensation payment will be reduced by your percentage of your blame.
Can You Make Passenger Accident Claims On Behalf Of Someone Else?
If the person who suffered injuries as a passenger in a car accident was younger than 18 years old, or is considered a ‘protected party’, then a parent, guardian or close family member institute a compensation claim on their behalf. If a family member has died as a result of being a passenger in a car accident, you may be able to claim on their behalf. If the deceased has a valid will, the executor of the estate will be responsible for pursuing any claim on behalf of the dependents. If the deceased did not have a valid will, the law sets out exactly who can make a claim following the death of a loved one. Making a passenger accident claim for fatal injuries can get very complicated, so it is important that you seek the help of an accident claims solicitor before you make your claim.
One of our national Free Legal Justice accident claim team members will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss your case, and will be happy to give you more guidance on the process of making passenger accident claims on behalf of another person.
How Long Do I Have to Make My Claim?
Generally, you need to make a claim for compensation within three years of the date of the car accident, or of the date of diagnosis of your injuries. There are exceptions to this rule, for example you may be allowed a longer time period if you are claiming on behalf of a child or protected person. On the other hand, if the car accident was the result of criminal activity such as a hit and run, time limits may vary if the claim is instituted through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
What Should I Do If I Have Been A Passenger In A Car Accident?
Our car accident claims solicitors know that being a passenger in any type of car accident is a very serious matter. We understand that an accident is a stressful and traumatic experience for all parties involved, but it is important to try to think clearly when you’ve been involved in an accident to make sure that the correct procedures are followed to deal with the incident. If the correct procedures are followed, it will help our team of solicitors to make your passenger accident claim and get you the compensation you deserve.
Our knowledgeable passenger accident claims solicitors have been involved with many claims of this kind. They recommend that if you are involved as a passenger in a car accident, the first thing that to do is look for any injuries. If anyone involved in the car accident has been badly injured, it is important that emergency services are called to the scene as soon as possible.
When it is safe to do so, we advise that you to speak with all the people involved in the car accident. It is important that you take down the names, contact numbers, and any registration numbers of those involved. It is a good idea to call the police to the scene right away if there are injuries or severe damage to the cars.
If you do not seem to seriously injured, it is still important that you have a full medical check-up as soon as possible. Even minor injuries are important to monitor and treat. According to our accident claims solicitors, this is also important because you will need medical evidence of the injuries you have suffered as an innocent passenger in the car, should you decide to proceed with a compensation claim.
It is important to maintain strict records and receipts of any expenses that you incur at all times after the car accident. This includes for example travel costs, prescription costs, property repair and replacement costs, and remedial/therapy expenses, as these expenses will form part of your compensation claim. Our friendly team of solicitors will be happy to discuss which items you can include as part of your passenger accident compensation claim.
What Information Do You Need To Make Passenger Accident Claims?
To be able to advise you properly on the merits and possible value of your passenger accident claim, the Free Legal Justice team will need as much detail as possible about the car accident. Please have the following information prepared for your free consultation with Free Legal Justice:
- Details of how the car accident happened, and nature of the harm you have suffered because of the car accident;
- Location of the car accident;
- The car and license registration details;
- The full names, contact numbers and license details of the individuals involved in the car accident;
- Details of any police dockets or emergency services reports; and
- Details of the insurance providers for the other parties involved in the car accident.
Don’t worry if you don’t have all of the necessary information right away. Our accident claims team will still be able to explain to you the merits of your passenger accident claim based on the information that you can provide. Free Legal Justice will do what we can to help you obtain any other information that you might need in order to make a successful compensation claim. The important thing is that you get in touch with our car accident claims team as soon as possible, so that we can get started on your case and help you get the maximum compensation that you deserve, in the shortest possible time.
How Long Do Passenger Accident Claims take?
There is no fixed timeline for passenger accident claims. The length of time that your compensation claim will take is going to depend on many things. It will for example depend on how serious your injuries are, as there is a vast difference in the evidence surrounding whiplash injuries, versus injuries that have resulted in personal disability. The time frame for your passenger accident claim will also be affected by legal process and how the parties decide to handle the matter. In addition, things could be expedited if the opponent’s driver or their insurers accepts the blame and full liability for the car accident.
Passenger accident claims with more minor injuries are usually straightforward, and can take less time to resolve, usually by settlement outside of court. Call Free Legal Justice to discuss your passenger accident claim today, and one of our professional team will be able to give you an estimated time frame specific to your claim – at absolutely no cost or obligation to you.
How Much Compensation Will I Get In My Passenger Accident Claim?
There is a long list of personal injuries that can be included in an accident claim. Our car accident claims solicitors in the UK commonly deal with minor and serious injuries such as whiplash, head and brain injuries, loss of limbs, breaks, fractures, and even loss of life.
As a passenger that has been harmed in some way because of a car accident, you can potentially claim for the costs of any medical bills, loss of income, and even the cost of repairs for the damage caused to your possessions. There are different damages included in your passenger accident claim, and the compensation that you will receive at the end of the day will be based on the seriousness of your injuries and the general impact that the injury has had on your life. No matter how minor or serious your injuries, our passenger accident claim solicitors in the UK are specialists in claiming for everything from fairly minor to serious injuries.
To give you a better idea of what can be included in your compensation claim, there are two types of damages that accident claims involve, namely general and special damages.
General Damages In A Passenger Accident Claim
Our car accident claim solicitors will work closely with you to set out the assessment of general damages included in your passenger accident claim. General damages include compensation for the personal injuries that you have suffered as a result of being a passenger in the car accident, including any pain and suffering owing to your injuries. Your devoted solicitor will take you through the calculation of compensation for general damages by comparing the medical report drawn up by an independent medical officer, against the amounts set out in the official Judicial Board Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases. This general guideline sets out how much can be claimed as general damages for different types of injuries in accident claims.
The amount of general damages that you are entitled to depends on various aspects, such as how serious your injury was, whether there were any complicating factors surrounding the injury, as well as the length of the recovery period, alternatively how permanent the injury is. Your assigned solicitor will ask for full and accurate descriptions and diagnoses of the injuries you have suffered so that they can help you calculate your general damages claim. This is why it is so important that you seek medical assistance as soon as you have been injured in a car accident.
Special Damages in a Passenger Accident Claim
Special damages forming part of your passenger accident claim will include compensation for various additional expenses incurred as a result of the car accident. This is a broad category of damages, and can range from loss of past and future income, to costs of counselling and therapy sessions, to traveling expenses, additional childcare expenses, as well as nursing and household adaptations that you have made to help you live with your injuries. Keep a record of any additional expenses you have incurred that are connected in some way to the car accident, and your solicitor will explain to you which of these amounts will form part of your passenger accident claim.
It is important to know that special damages can only be claimed if you can show proof of the expenses already incurred or to be incurred in the future, for example by offering receipts, reports, payslips and other documentation relevant to the damages. Our accident claims team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to answer any questions you have about the value of your general and special damages claims.
If you have any questions about the calculation of your general and special damages, please get in touch with Free Legal Justice by filling out the online form and waiting for us to call you back for free, or by calling us now on 0800 567 7074. Our car accident claims team is happy to answer any questions you might have about your potential passenger accident claim, without any cost or obligation on your part. If you are unable to get to one of the Free Legal Justice offices, one of our friendly car accident claims experts in the UK will be happy to attend a complimentary home visit, so that you can discuss your case freely from the comfort of your own home.
How Much Will It Cost Me To Make A Passenger Accident Claim?
Free Legal Justice is happy to conduct all of our passenger accident claims on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you will not pay any legal fees unless your compensation claim is successful. Free Legal Justice will carry all the upfront costs necessary to make your unique accident claim, meaning that you will only be charged a success fee if we help you to win your case. No Win No Fee agreements are a great funding option for our passenger accident claims clients, allowing them to pursue compensation claims without financial risk.
No Win No Fee Agreements for passenger accident claims
A No Win No Fee agreement lets you continue with a compensation claim on the condition that if the claim is not successful, you won’t owe the legal team any money. Put simply, it is a way for you to take whatever legal steps necessary to claim compensation for your injuries, without any financial risks weighing over your head. Our highly skilled accident claims lawyers are happy to offer No Win No Fee agreements to clients seeking rightful compensation for personal injuries, because they are extremely confident in their legal skills and have a track record of successful passenger accident claims behind them.
A No Win No Fee agreement is a stress-free, financially-savvy way to make your claim for compensation. Once you have discussed the details of your case with a member of the Free Legal Justice team, and have agreed for us to continue with your compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis, your work on the case is essentially finished. You can sit back, relax, and let your dedicated accident claims lawyer do the rest of the hard work for you!
How Much Will I Be Charged If My Passenger Accident Claim Is Successful?
One of the best things about a No Win No Fee agreement is that you will never need to pay us legal fees in advance. A No Win No Fee agreement means that we will only get paid after the fact, if your compensation claim is successful.
Our accident claims lawyers work on an average success fee of 25% of the total compensation received for your claim. Your designated lawyer will make sure to discuss the success fee upfront, and this success fee will be agreed in writing between the parties before you make your passenger accident claim. If Free Legal Justice helps you to win your case, we will receive the success fee as payment for our legal fees. Your accident claims lawyer will be able to answer any questions that you might have regarding the success fee once you have agreed to continue with your passenger accident claim.
What Happens If My Passenger Accident Claim Is Unsuccessful?
Free Legal Justice holds the risk of your claim being unsuccessful. In the unlikely event that we can’t assist you to win your compensation claim, Free Legal Justice will not charge you any legal fees for the work done by your designated accident claims lawyer. That means that you will not need to pay Free Legal Justice a thing if your claim is not successful.
To ensure that you are fully protected and have peace of mind over your financial risks, our team can help you to secure ‘After the Event’ insurance. This insurance covers you in the event that you are unsuccessful with your claim, and in case the court orders you to pay a part of your opponent’s legal costs.
Why Choose our passenger accident claims solicitors?
Free Legal Justice has an entire panel of specialised accident claim solicitors who resolve thousands of No Win No Fee accident claims every year. The dedicated Free Legal Justice team works around the clock – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help our clients get justice for the harm they have suffered, and receive the maximum compensation that they deserve.
By working with Claim Justice on a No Win No Fee passenger accident claim, we promise that:
- You will receive free legal advice from one of our expert solicitors as to how best to proceed with your passenger accident claim;
- A member of the Free Legal Justice Team will be available to speak to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you with any questions that you might have regarding your passenger accident claim;
- If you are unsuccessful in your claim, we will not charge you any legal fees for the work that we have done on your case;
- You won’t pay a thing from your own pocket;
- We will help you to recover the maximum amount of compensation in the shortest possible time; and
- We will manage your case efficiently, keep you updated on its progress, and will try to make the entire compensation claim process as stress-free as possible for you.
Contact Free Legal Justice at any time of day, on any day of the week, by filling out the short online form and waiting for us to call you back for free, or by calling one of our friendly accident claims handlers on 0800 567 7074. If you would like to discuss your case from the comfort of your own home, please request a complimentary home visit from one of our friendly accident claims handlers, so that we can start your passenger accident claim without delay.