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Passenger Claims (Car Passengers and Bus Passengers) Lawyers Glasgow, Scotland

When you are a passenger in someone else’s vehicle, whether you are travelling in a friend’s car or on a bus, you place an element of trust in the driver. You are, essentially, giving up control and trusting that they will drive with the requisite care and skill necessary to avoid an accident. Indeed, when accidents do occur, it is often thought that it is only the drivers, or the pedestrian or cyclist, involved that can bring a personal injury claim. In fact, if you were a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the accident, you are entitled to claim compensation for any injury sustained.

Contact Jones Whyte Law today and we can go through the facts of the event with you and establish whether there is a claim to be brought on your behalf.

Who can you Bring a Claim Against?

It will not necessarily be the driver of the bus or car that you were in who is at fault. Depending on the circumstances, responsibility for your injury could lie with: 

  • the driver of another vehicle involved in the accident, for example if they were driving recklessly;
  • the local authority where poor road conditions, such as potholes or faulty street lighting, caused the accident; or
  • the vehicle manufacturer, for example where safety features are faulty.

It is important to have experts by your side during a personal injury case, who can assess the evidence and identify who is at fault – giving your claim the best possible chance of success. If you have been involved in a road accident as a passenger, you should seek medical attention without delay, and get independent legal advice on your potential personal injury claim.

Public Transport Accidents

Where you have been on a bus, train, tram or other form of public transport that has been involved in an accident, leaving you with injuries, your claim may lie against the operator of the transportation network as a whole, or against the individual driver. Contact us to find out what steps to take next. Do not worry if you do not have the details of the public transport vehicle or those of the driver, we can help you retrieve these.

Car Passenger Accidents

If you have been injured as a car passenger, you may not know that you are entitled to claim compensation. Even where passengers are aware of this fact, they can be reluctant to take action as the driver is often someone they know well. However, it is important to know that it is the driver’s insurance that you will be making a claim against, not the driver him or herself. If you want to know more, contact the specialist personal injury solicitors at Jones Whyte today for a no obligation chat. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you have.

The Process for Bringing a Claim in Scotland

Once you have taken the first step of contacting the qualified solicitors at Jones Whyte, we will listen to your situation carefully and provide expert legal advice that is easy to understand and is tailored to your individual circumstances. If we decide your case is one we can assist with, we will collect further evidence, including medical reports and any witness statements, and value your claim. We will contact the relevant insurers, and invite them to settle the matter out of court. If the other party provides a settlement offer – which will often happen where your case is well-prepared and strong – we will advise whether the best course of action would be to accept or reject that offer. Our lawyers are expert negotiators and we will use these skills to get you the best outcome possible. If the matter cannot be resolved at this stage, we may advise that you take legal action in court. If this is the case, we will provide expert representation during court proceedings.

How much compensation will I get as a passenger?

Our solicitors are dedicated to ensuring that you get the full potential of your claim. There are various types of damages it is possible to claim for, including:

  • Solatium. This compensates you for the physical and emotional pain and suffering of the injuries you have sustained.
  • Provision of care. This covers the fees you have spent on professional care, or that a friend or family member has spent in looking after you where your injuries are debilitating.
  • Loss of earnings. You can pursue compensation for income you have lost, and may continue to lose, if you need to take time off work due to your injuries.
  • Loss of amenity. This form of compensation covers the fact that you have been unable to do certain activities you would normally do because of the injury.

There is no fixed amount of compensation given for particular injuries; amounts are awarded on a case-by-case basis, and a wide range of factors will be taken into account. It is very rare that a passenger will have any level of responsibility in a road accident, so your award will not be subject to deductions.

When you contact us about your personal injury matter, we will assess your circumstances and draw on our years of experience in personal injury cases to provide you with a realistic compensation estimate.

Contact our Passenger Accident Claims Lawyers in Glasgow, Scotland

The committed team at Jones Whyte have extensive experience assisting passengers injured in car accidents to obtain the compensation due to them. As a passenger, you have a right to trust that you are safe in the hands of the driver of a vehicle. If the driver acted negligently, our team can help you with your claim.

Our dynamic, highly skilled lawyers operate from Glasgow and serve clients across Scotland, including in Edinburgh, Stirling, Fife, Falkirk, Argyll and the Borders. If you need expert personal injury advice from solicitors who prioritise your interests, contact us today. Call 01413751222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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