A claim can be made against the driver of the car a passenger was travelling in, or against any other motorist involved, if the driver was responsible for the crash.
In cases where the at-fault driver was uninsured or could not be traced after leaving the scene of the accident without providing their details, then a claimant may be able to pursue their claim with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).
However, in most situations the driver’s insurers will be liable for any compensation sum negotiated by a claimant’s personal injury solicitors or awarded in court.
If another individual, group, organisation or company’s negligence was to blame for the incident, a passenger may also seek damages from that liable party.
For example, if poor road surface led to the driver losing control of their vehicle, the council or other authority responsible for the maintenance of the highway could be found accountable.
Minors are not legally allowed to launch a compensation claim after sustaining an injury in any type of incident.
In events where a child suffers harm in a crash as a passenger, a parent or guardian may be able to act as a ‘litigation friend’ and proceed with a claim on their behalf.
Any compensation received on the minor’s behalf will be kept in the Court Funds Office until the child reaches the age of 18. The Court Funds Office may choose to release some of the money awarded if special education or medical treatments are needed to benefit the child before their 18th birthday.
The personal injury claim solicitors at George Ide LLP are based in offices in Chichester, West Sussex.
Since being established in 1966, we have helped many victims of road traffic incidents claim car accident compensation for their pain, suffering, and loss of earnings.
Our solicitors are friendly, sympathetic to each claimant’s situation, and avoid using legal jargon to make the claim’s process as straightforward and stress-free as possible.
Not only do we strive to obtain financial security for our claimants, but we always try to attain a settlement which will facilitate their road to recovery by providing medical treatments and therapy through expert case management services.
To get in touch, please fill in one of our online enquiry forms. Alternatively, phone our Chichester team on 01243 786 668.