Can I claim if I was a passenger in the car crash?


Being involved in a car crash no matter the circumstances can be an incredibly traumatising experience and we hope if you have been involved in one, that you haven’t been badly affected. If you have been injured in a car crash however, the law makes it very clear that you are entitled to make a claim for financial compensation. Compensation is there for all the innocent parties of a road traffic accident, and it is your right to claim.

Making a claim as the passenger in a car crash

But what if you were a passenger, are you still entitled to make a claim?

The truth is this – your role in a car at the time of a crash has no bearing whatsoever on your ability to make a personal injury claim.

You can make a claim for personal injury compensation whether you were a passenger in the front of a car or the rear of a car and this applies to your UK based car crash whether you were in a family vehicle, your own vehicle or a private hire vehicle (taxi) at the time. The fact is if you have been injured as the passenger in a car then you have been injured through no fault of your own, and you can make a claim for compensation with the person who was in control of the vehicle you were in or with the other party involved in the accident.

Your claim will not be with these people personally, however, it will be with their insurers and this will be clearly explained to you by your solicitor when you make a claim. The insurer your claim is against depends on who was at fault for the accident. The party responsible for the accident will process your claim.

How long will the claims process take?

Insurance companies are notoriously slow at processing personal injury claims however an experienced solicitor will demand a response within a respectable period of time, so that your claim is pushed through as quickly as possible. Most car crash claims can actually be processed in as little as 6-8 weeks because liability can be easily ascertained, however more complex cases can take a couple of months.

Your lawyer will discuss the details of your case with you to help you understand the claims process better. Your lawyer will also provide you with an estimated timeframe for claim completion. It’s important to remain realistic throughout the claims process however and to remember that the process has to run its course. The other side will investigate your claim but if all goes well, your claim will be processed as quickly as possible.