Can I make a claim for personal injury if I am the passenger in a car accident?
Yes you can. In fact if you are injured in a car accident and are a passenger in the vehicle then you are in a strong position legally to make a claim for personal injury.
Though you may think that every car accident involving an injured passengers concerns a vehicle which has collided with a negligent road user, this is actually not always the case. There are in fact numerous other scenarios in which an injured passenger to a car accident can make a claim for compensation for their injuries.
One example of this is when the driver of the car is to blame for the accident in which their passenger has been injured, regardless of another vehicle being involved.
How to make a claim as an injured passenger to a car accident
As a passenger who has suffered injury as a result of a car accident, you will make a claim the same way as the driver of a car accident would. This means that you will need to make an application to the Injuries Board to assess your injuries.
If you make an application to the Injuries Board for compensation, you are doing so because if liability for your injuries is denied or it is not possible to negotiate a settlement which is satisfactory for you, the Injuries Board will give you an Authorisation to pursue your claim in court. It should be noted that it is often the case that claims involving injured passengers to a car accident do not end up in court.
We highly recommend that you consult a personal injury solicitor before you make your application to the Injuries Board, you can read why here.
If you are looking for more details on the first steps to making a claim read here.
We are here to help. Please do not hesitate to telephone us at 091 – 586760 or email us to discuss your claim.