People often don’t realise they have the same rights to claim compensation as a driver if they are involved in a road traffic accident. Whether you are travelling via public transport such as a bus or in a privately-owned car or vehicle, you can pursue a personal injury claim if you’ve been hurt through no fault of your own.

If the driver responsible for causing you an injury is a friend or relative, you may understandably be hesitant to claim compensation out of concern the person you know will have to cover all costs. However, the claim is against their insurer and any compensation pay-out will come from them. If the responsible party is uninsured, your compensation will be paid by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).

It is important to remember the injuries passengers suffer due to road traffic accidents may be minor but can also be severe and life-changing. Compensation is vital to support you throughout any rehabilitation and to cover any medical costs, lost earnings or other expenses as you recover.

Drivers have a duty to drive safely and to protect passengers in their vehicle and other road users.