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If you are seriously injured in a road traffic accident whilst a passenger in a vehicle, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Drivers have a legal duty to drive safely to avoid injury to other road users, including their passengers. Whether the accident was caused by the driver of the vehicle you were in, another driver or a third party, such as the highway authority,  as an injured passenger you are most likely to have a claim.

What accidents cause serious injury to passengers?;

Passengers commonly claim compensation if they have suffered serious injury in:

  • collisions involving cars, taxis, buses and commercial vehicles, such as vans or trucks;
  • single vehicle accidents, where the vehicle collides with a tree or wall, rolls or runs off the road;
  • motorcycle accidents as a pillion passenger;
  • cycling accidents (usually where the passenger is a child on the back of a parent’s bike);
  • as a passenger travelling by rail, air and sea.

Starting your serious injury claim

Claims for serious injuries are complex and should be handled by specialist solicitors to ensure that the injured person receives their full entitlement to compensation. You should never accept a direct offer of settlement from another party’s insurer without seeking specialist legal advice. By doing so, you could permanently lose your right to claim substantial compensation.

If you are contacted directly by the insurance company for a potential defendant, and they offer you a compensation settlement, we strongly recommend that you contact us immediately to discuss the potential value of your claim. 

Why choose Boyes Turner?

Road accidents can leave passengers of cars, motorcycles, buses and other vehicles with devastating injury. Severe disability affects every aspect of the injured person and their family’s life.

If you or a family member have been severely injured in a road accident, our serious injury lawyers can usually secure immediate funding from the driver’s insurers for rehabilitation to maximise recovery. We have the necessary skills and experience to help injured RTA passengers obtain full compensation, make their best recovery and receive the necessary support to rebuild their lives.

Compensation claims for serious injury to passengers frequently asked questions

As an injured passenger in an RTA, who do I claim from?

Passengers who have been seriously injured in an RTA may have a claim against one or more defendants, depending on the cause of the accident. These can include:

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What kind of injuries lead to passenger accident compensation claims?

As specialists in serious injury and permanent disability, we have recovered compensation for road accident victims who have suffered:

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What compensation can I get for serious injury as a passenger in an accident?

Each client’s compensation claim is carefully assessed to ensure that their compensation will meet their additional needs arising from their injury or disability. The amount of the compensation they can claim depends on the severity of their injury and disability, their needs and losses arising from their injury and their individual circumstances.

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Can I make a claim for my injuries as a passenger if no other vehicles were involved?

As a passenger you are likely to have a claim against the driver of the vehicle you were in, if they lose control of the  vehicle, causing you injury. You may also have a claim against the highway authority.

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Can I make a compensation claim against the driver if they were a family member or friend?

Making the decision to claim after an accident can be difficult, particularly if the driver was also injured, or if they are someone that you know. Drivers are required by law to have insurance and it is their insurer which compensates their passengers and anyone else who suffers injury as a result of their negligent driving.

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Can I claim passenger accident compensation if I was partly to blame for the injury?

As an injured passenger, your compensation may be reduced if your own behaviour partially caused or contributed to your injury, but you may still have a claim. These situations include:

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Our specialist Compensation claims for serious injury to passengers team are considered leaders in the field and have a significant amount of expertise.
Kim Milan

Kim Milan

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Claire Roantree


Martin Anderson

Martin Anderson

Associate Solicitor

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What our clients say


Kim at Boyes Turner was recommended to me after I had received ineffective service from another company. From the outset, Kim has been professional, reassuring and supportive. I have always had faith in her ability to get the best outcome, not only financially, but also in helping my rehabilitation from a traumatic brain injury. She is friendly and empathetic, with unquestionable professional integrity. She was quick to grasp the important issues in my case, was meticulous in her investigating the details and analysing them, realistic in what the outcomes were likely to be and achieved a successful outcome.

I would not hesitate in recommending her and Boyes Turner.

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Almost 5 years ago my sons suffered a life changing brain injury accident. A new life for everyone, so many unknowns so many difficult decisions. I met Claire and the team shortly after the accident. So many questions answered but more than that, amazing lovely people. Claire has been guiding me and the family throughout this ordeal with such compassion, there every time I needed her we couldn’t of asked for a nicer person. I have met many others with in Boyes Turner and all have been genuine lovely people, I’m now working with Ruth and Lindsay from the court of protection. Again, I can't say enough about them amazing lovely people. They truly do won't the best for my son and they did and continue to do so.

Barry Williams

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Claire is exceptionally knowledgeable in the personal injury legal domain, especially in the specific area of my injury. From our very first conversation, she was clear in explaining the potential different routes that the process could take and provided me with expectations of what I could expect along the journey.

She ensured that all bases were covered, organising meetings, discussions and necessary specialist appointments, in order to bring together the case and take it forward. Claire was then able to use her extensive pool of contacts, to appoint an "area leading" barrister, to represent me.

Overall, I was very pleased with appointing Claire and Boyes Turner to act as my solicitor for the legal claim that I pursued. Thank you for all of your support.

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"Boyes turner workplace injury claim"

I approached Claire Roantree of Boyes Turner in regards to making a claim about a workplace burns injury. It was something that had scarred me physically and mentally and taken a huge toll on the lives of me and my family. Claire wasted no time in finding out what happened and made sure I was treated by known experts and quickly finding an answer to my burns scarring and how I could be treated to help manage my pain. Claire also helped me by appointing a psychiatrist to understand my situation and help me cope with post traumatic stress disorder. As well as taking as much stress of the claim away, she was thorough in every situation, making sure I had the best possible claim, and handled it all expertly, I am so very grateful to her and her team. They have helped guide my life back into a positive direction and I can't thank her enough!

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Excellent service from Claire and her team at all times. We were kept up to date at each stage of our claim. The outcome was much better than we expected and we would not hesitate to recommend Boyes Turner to family and friends.

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