Road traffic accidents can be very traumatic experiences. Besides any injuries you suffer, if you were the passenger of a vehicle in an accident, it can be difficult to shake the sense of helplessness – of being involved but unable to do anything at the time.
People involved in road traffic accidents often experience psychological symptoms alongside soft-tissue injuries such as whiplash. But, as with any accident, a whole range of physical injuries can also result, such as back injuries or brain injuries.
If someone else’s action, or inaction, caused you to suffer injuries as a passenger, you are legally and morally entitled to claim compensation. Passengers should usually win their compensation claims, because of course they were not driving.
Important Changes to Road Traffic Accident Whiplash Claims 2021
If you were injured in a road traffic accident, which happened on or after 31st May 2021, Truth Legal may be unable to help you with your claim. This is because changes to the law now prevent legal fees from being recovered where the person claiming was injured INSIDE a vehicle (i.e. as a driver or passenger) and they suffered whiplash injuries to their neck, shoulders, or back.
These changes do not stop you from making a claim, but you must instead do it through the Official Injury Claim portal and, in all likelihood, without legal support.
This can apply if you were the passenger of a car, van, lorry, bus, or other kind of motor vehicle, where you generally sit inside.
If you were a passenger on a scooter, motorbike, or bicycle, however, Truth Legal can still help you to claim, as the changes to the law do not apply in those circumstances.
Similarly, if you have suffered serious, non-whiplash injuries, as a passenger of any kind of vehicle, Truth Legal can still help you to make a claim as normal.
To find out more about these changes, and whether they will affect you, read our Whiplash Reforms 2021 FAQ/guide.
Making a compensation claim can help you in many ways. A claim can allow you access to treatment to aid your recovery, without the need go on an NHS waiting list or pay for it privately. You can be compensated for the injuries which you suffered and financial losses which you incurred as a result of the accident.
Claiming for your injuries with Truth Legal
A compensation claim can offer many benefits to the victims of an accident. Although it cannot ‘undo’ the events, it can give you financial redress and amend the financial losses you have suffered.
To stand the best chance of realising these benefits, you need legal representatives who will fight your corner, do everything they can to secure your compensation, and who will inspire you with trust.
Truth Legal has helped many people recover the compensation they deserve. We are personal injury specialists with technical skill and extensive experience.
We pride ourselves on providing an ethical, honest service to all of our clients. We are based in Harrogate with a presence in York, Manchester, and London. Find out more about our team of experts.
It is very rare for a passenger to be in any way at fault for an accident. Truth Legal will almost always be able to help you on the basis of a ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement in your passenger claim. This means, in the vast majority of situations, you do not have to pay our fees if we are unsuccessful in recovering compensation for you.
With a successful conclusion, often some of our fees will be paid by a portion of your compensation award. This is the normal way in which No Win, No Fee agreements operate. It is also usual for most of our fees to be paid by the other party’s insurance company.
We will always explain funding your claim in more detail before your claim begins. You can read more on No Win No Fee Agreements here.
If you would like to know more about making an injury claim as a passenger, or you would like to discuss your situation, please contact us.
We also offer free initial consultation sessions, either in person or over the telephone. These give you time to speak to us about your case without any cost or obligation to proceed further.