Injuries – the difference between passenger and driver, claim in 3 easy steps

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In Scotland from 1994 to 2000, the Scottish Trauma Audit Group collated evidence and information regarding the comparison of injuries experienced between drivers and front-seat passengers. Many of us have probably read studies during which a passenger and driver were involved in an accident, and many times the drivers survived the accident and the passenger didn’t. Well, there is a science to prove that this may be true; out of 4189 drivers and 954 front seat passengers, the mortality was higher in the front seat passengers. 

This research also examined the parts of the bodies injured which showed that seven out of the eight body regions examined showed a higher rate of injury in front seat passengers. There were more injuries in: 

  • The cervical spine 
  • The chest 
  • The lumbar spine 
  • The front-seat passengers 

This study concluded that front-seat passengers have an increased risk of injury relative to drivers in road traffic accidents. This study also contradicted crash test data, which predicted that drivers are less protected than the front seat passengers. 

What are the main causes of road traffic accidents? 

Road traffic accidents can be caused by anything, however, the most common causes of road traffic accidents include: 

  • Drink driving 
  • Drug driving 
  • Speeding 
  • Careless and dangerous driving driving 
  • Failing to pay attention to the road 

It is the driver’s duty of care to ensure the safety of all road users; this includes the passengers. If you were involved in an accident as a passenger, you are eligible to claim compensation, even if the driver of the vehicle caused the road traffic accident. If you would like to start a successful claim for the damages that you have faced, contact one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side Scotland now, and get the compensation you deserve.

Claim with us with 3 easy steps 

The base for a successful claim is a good amount of evidence to support your claim, however, by following these 3 easy steps, you are more likely to get a successful outcome for your injuries.

  1. After the accident, make sure everyone is safe and call any emergency services if it is necessary.
  2. Gather as much evidence as possible, including videos, photos, CCTV footage, dashcam footage and witness reports.
  3. Claim with us, call us to start a successful claim, in the most stress-free and easy way.

Call us now on 0141 648 4428 and start your claim now.

How we can help 

We understand that being involved in a road traffic accident can be an extremely stressful and traumatising situation. It can be even worse if your child has been hurt consequently. We will make sure to treat your case in the most stress-free and easy way, ensuring that our process runs quickly and professionally. We will also provide you with regular updates on your case and use our knowledge and determination to ensure that you get the highest possible compensation for your case. Contact one of our experienced solicitors now, to get the best possible treatment and the highest compensation in the easiest way.

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We know the process thoroughly and can offer free consultations to see how much compensation you may get for your case.

Contact us now. Solicitors On Your Side Scotland can offer you free advice and consultations. Our solicitors can help you on a no win-no fee basis. That means there will be no hidden fees.

Contact us today by phoning 0141 648 4428, emailing [email protected], or by using our website by filling out an online form.

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