Passengers injured in road traffic accidents
If you are a passenger in a vehicle that is involved in a Road Traffic Accident then you may be entitled to compensation. Injuries to a passenger can range from minor whiplash to broken bones, head injuries, spinal injuries, burns, amputations and even fatality.
Wearing a seatbelt significantly reduces the risk of serious injury. If you are riding pillion on a motorbike then you must ensure you are wearing full protective gear including helmet, gloves, leathers and boots.
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Child car seats
Small children should be strapped into an appropriately sized child car seat. In private cars the law states that every person over the age of 14 has to wear an adult seatbelt if it is available regardless of whether they are travelling in the front or the back of the vehicle. Every passenger over the age of 14 is responsible for ensuring they are wearing their seatbelt and that it is properly adjusted.
Children under the age of 14 must either wear a child restraint or use the adult seatbelt depending on their exact age and height. There are very few exceptions to these rules.
For more in depth information about the Law and Child Car Seats and Seatbelts visit www.childcarseats.org.uk