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RTA/Passenger Accident Compensation

Passenger Accident Compensation

Anyone can be injured in a road traffic accident, whether you are the driver, a passenger or a pedestrian.

There is also a large range of scenarios that could result in an accident. For example, you could be using public transport like a train, bus or taxi or you could be travelling in your friend’s car. No matter the scenario, if you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, you could be eligible to claim personal injury compensation.

To learn more or to start your claim, get in touch with our expert team on 0800 808 9740 online.

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    L Smith from Lincoln

Passenger Accident Injuries

There are many ways in which you could be injured as a passenger. Some common injuries include:

  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones
  • Trauma
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Burns
  • Facial disfigurement injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Limb amputation

The effects and impact of these injuries will vary from person to person depending upon the severity. The most serious kinds of accidents can cause a high level of stress for victims and their families. If you have been unable to return to work due to your injuries, then you can likely recover any current or future financial losses relating to this impact upon your life. If you have extra medical costs such as physiotherapy sessions, it is usually possible to get money to cover this sort of treatment under compensation.

If you have experienced whiplash, which is one of the more common types of passenger accident injuries, then you will likely experience neck stiffness and pain. While this might not be serious, it can often prevent you from doing a lot of physical activities and it can sometimes cause psychological distress due to the pain. Therefore, psychological distress will also be brought into account when calculating the amount of compensation, you are owed.

On the higher end of the injury scale, you may have become paralysed due to your accident. You might need constant care, either from a professional or a family member and you may need adjustments to be made to your home in order for you to continue living there. Compensation will take into account how your injuries have impacted upon your quality of life and ability to function.

To calculate how much compensation you could be owed, use our compensation calculator.

All personal injury cases are unique and so the amount of compensation that is awarded in each case is also unique. Compensation is understood by looking at two specific factors: general damages and special damages.


The pain and suffering that your injuries have caused are main factors that are used to determine how much general damage compensation you are owed. This will usually be determined by undergoing a medical examination, from which a report is created that highlights the length of time the injuries will take to heal as well as their severity. Our compensation calculator will give you an indication of how much general damage compensation you might be entitled to based upon your injuries.


In addition to receiving compensation for your injuries, you may be able to reclaim any financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your injuries. Compensation for financial losses is known as special damages compensation. This can include losses such as loss of earnings due to not being able to return to work, the cost of treatment as well as travel to treatment. It is important that you keep any receipts or evidence of additional losses in order for these to be reclaimed.

With the exception of children, there is a three-year time limit on making a personal injury claim. This time limit begins from the date that the accident initially occurred. Therefore, you should contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible to assess your case.

Starting your Passenger Accident Claim

After addressing your injuries at a hospital, you should contact a personal injury lawyer who specialises in accident claims to begin your personal injury claim. There is usually a three-year time period from the day that your accident occurred for when you can make a claim. Therefore, you should begin the claims process as soon as you feel ready.

While it can seem difficult and distressing to bring a claim against a driver If you know them personally, the law and the ability to claim is there to protect you and ensure that you can get the best recovery possible after an accident. You should not have to suffer because of someone else’s negligence. While the cost of their insurance might increase in the future due to having a claim against their record, if they have insurance your friend or family member will not have to pay out of their own pocket for the compensation.

Making Personal Injury Claims

If you have suffered a road traffic accident then you could be eligible to claim compensation. First Personal Injury solicitors are available to assist you and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve

First Personal Injury works with both families and individuals across England and Wales, leading them on their legal journey and helping them claim compensation after an accident or injury.