Have you been involved in a road traffic accident whilst travelling as a passenger, in a car, taxi or on the bus? If so and you have suffered an injury, then you may be entitled to compensation.
If you have been injured in these circumstances then you need to show that someone else (who is identifiable) is at fault and that you have received injury as a result. If you are a car passenger, then the question of fault is relatively straightforward, either the driver of the car in which you are travelling is at fault or someone else is-you certainly wont be to blame! You will also be aware of the identity of your driver in most circumstances so there should not be any problems in ensuring that your claim is brought expeditiously against the correct party.
If you are a passenger in a public vehicle like a bus or taxi, the situation can often be more complex. Many accidents occur in which the passenger may not be aware what has happened or the identity of the drivers involved and some claims fail as a result. In order to ensure that you able to make a claim, get details of any other passengers who may have seen the accident occur, those who may have been further up the bus for example or who may have been in a position to see what happened in the taxi. Get details of the driver, the bus or taxi company name and the registrations of any vehicles involved if at all possible. If the accident happened on a bus, keep your ticket as proof of travel.
Taxi and bus drivers commonly blame other drivers for pulling in front of them. It is therefore important to get details of the other driver if at all possible.
What sorts of injuries can occur and how and when can you expect compensation?
Passenger injuries are varied in nature and complexity. You may suffer an injury to the neck in the process of being thrown forwards and backwards in your seat-commonly known as a whiplash injury. These can take a few hours to develop and the effects can last for weeks, months or years depending on the severity of the injury, the extent of the impact and your own pre-existing medical history.
Other injuries range from simple cuts and bruises, to fractures and head injuries. These are common in passenger claims against bus companies because of the nature of the unrestrained travel. The effects of these can be very long lasting and severe.
Compensation for the injury will vary depending on the nature and extent. If you instruct a solicitor though compensationclaims.net, you can be assured of expert friendly impartial advice. A medical expert will be requested to give his opinion on your injury, and how long it might take for a recovery. Compensation will be based on that opinion. In addition, you will receive compensation for any other expenses such as loss of earnings and in the more serious cases, the costs of care and associated expenditure. Compensation varies from hundreds to many thousands of pounds and is paid by the insurers of the responsible party.
Depending on the nature of your injury, you may receive compensation in weeks although in the more serious injuries, the settlement time can be longer.
Instructing compensationclaims.net is simple, just pick up the telephone or contact us through our website. We will give you general help on the claim and if it appears that you would benefit from specialist legal advice, we will place you in contact with one of the many solicitors who work with us getting the best compensation in as fast a time as possible.