Can I claim compensation if someone else is injured in a car accident?

How much will you get for a car accident in the UK, if a friend or family member is injured? The amount of compensation you can claim for a car accident will vary depending on the injuries suffered by those involved.

The severity of Injuries from Car Accidents

You can make a compensation claim if you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence whilst using a vehicle. These include cars, bikes and trucks as well as other forms of transport. If your injury is not deemed serious, then it could be difficult to seek legal advice about making a claim against the driver, but this may still be possible depending on the situation.

For example, if another person was driving negligently and caused an accident which resulted in injuries that were not initially considered life-threatening, then you may still be able to pursue a claim depending on the nature and severity of the injuries which you have suffered.

The same applies if another vehicle caused an accident and as a result, your car was damaged so badly it had to be written off. If this has happened, then you should speak with a solicitor even if your own injuries were not life-threatening or serious because there could be other instances where making a claim against someone who is negligent would be worthwhile.

If however, another vehicle caused an accident that resulted in death for example, then whether or not someone can make a wrongful death compensation claim will depend entirely on what type of injury killed the victim. In the UK, those who are killed as a result of a car accident are usually automatically entitled to claim compensation.

If the victim was not killed as a result of an injury sustained in the road traffic accident though, then there may be no automatic entitlement to make a wrongful death claim even if they were either partially or wholly reliant on the deceased’s income. If this is your situation, then you should speak with a personal injury solicitor. There are special rules which govern the circumstances under which you can obtain financial redress for bereavement too.

Conclusion: It depends entirely upon whether someone dies as a result of injuries sustained in an accident and victims who survived will have more success than those who died. Those who had been injured but not fatally may still be able to claim depending on how serious their injuries were.

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