Can I Claim Compensation For A Driving Lesson Accident and Injury?

By Olivia Burns. Last Updated 8th February 2021. Welcome to our driving lesson accident claims guide. If you have been injured, either in a driving lesson accident that was caused by a learner driver or as a pedestrian that has been hit by a learner driver, this guide could help. Here, we will cover the law regarding learner drivers and their instructors, as well as describe the process of making a personal injury claim for an accident caused by a learner driver.

However, if you believe you are ready to begin your claim now and wish to skip over this guide, you can call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801 today. We can help you start your learner driver compensation claim whenever you’re ready.

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A Guide To Driving Lesson Accident And Injury Claims

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In this comprehensive guide, we’ll present you with the advice and information needed to make a driving lesson accident claim. Under the eyes of the law, a learner driver is still supposed to execute due care and attention whilst driving. If they have a driving lesson accident, they can be held liable in most circumstances. If not, the driving instructor can be held liable for their failings. Ultimately, if a driving lesson accident caused injury to a third-party and negligence was to blame, then a claim could be made.

This guide will talk you through the process of making a claim due to a driving lesson accident, covering information such as:

  • How does the law approach the liability of a learner driver if they have been involved in a road traffic accident that they caused?
  • How does the law govern learner drivers?
  • Can a driving instructor can be liable for an accident caused by a learner driver?
  • How is the legal situation affected by the involvement of a third-party in an accident caused by a learner driver?
  • What are the most common types of road traffic accidents that are caused by learner drivers?
  • What should you do if you have been involved in an accident with a learner driver?
  • How can you give yourself the best chance of winning compensation as part of a driving lesson accident claim?
  • Information on hit and run accidents carried out by learner drivers.
  • How much compensation might you receive as part of a driving lesson accident claim?
  • What do you need to do next to begin making a driving lesson accident claim?
  • How could the No Win No Fee personal injury claims service that Accident Claims UK offer work for you?

If you have any questions about the information provided in this guide or need additional information, please call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page and we will do our best to assist you.

Liability in Accidents Involving A Learner Driver

Before answering the question of ‘how much can I claim for a driving lesson injury?’, you’ll need to first ensure that you can prove liability before you can make a driving lesson accident claim.

Even a learner driver on their first-ever driving lesson is expected to act in a responsible way towards other road users and display due care and attention. Driving experience does not factor into this duty to take care. If you are injured by a learner driver and they have failed to show due care and attention towards other road users, you could be able to claim compensation against them.

If you believe that you’ve been injured as a result of learner driver negligence, please call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page, and we will be able to tell you whether you have grounds for a claim.

The Law and Learner Drivers

To answer the question of ‘I was injured by a driver who caused an accident during driving lesson, who is negligent?’, it is important to know the law as it applies to learner drivers. This way, you can understand how personal injury claims are made against learner drivers.

Every learner driver must display L plates on their vehicle and be supervised by a qualified driver over 21 years of age with a licence more than 3 years old. They must also ensure that the vehicle they are driving is safe, legal and fully insured.

If you are unsure whether the learner driver who caused your injury was driving legally, please call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page for us to evaluate your situation.

Can A Driving Instructor Be Accountable?

In some cases, driving lesson accident claims can be made against the driving instructor responsible for the accident.

The driving instructor or supervisor of the learner driver is expected to act as they would if they were in control of the vehicle themselves. In this sense, they must be sober, act responsibly and pay attention. What;s more, they must advise the learner of any mistakes that they make, such as speeding.

If the driving instructor or supervisor is found to have been in breach of this duty of care, it may be possible to claim against them for the injury that you sustained as a result. Please contact us at Accident Claims UK if you have any questions about this. In doing so, will be able to tell you whether we think the instructor is liable.

What Happens if a Third Party is Involved in The Accident?

If a learner driver is involved in an accident during a driving lesson and another driver can be proven responsible for it, then liability would typically shift onto this third-party.

Regardless of the fact that a learner driver is inexperienced, if a third-party driver causes an accident, then the blame lies with them. They have the same responsibility of driving safely and responsibly as any other road user. In effect, the learner status of the driver has no impact on the liability of the third-party driver.

If you have sustained an injury in an accident involving both a learner driver and also one or more other drivers, you may not be sure who is liable to pay compensation. If you contact Accident Claims UK at the number at the bottom of this page, we will be able to help you decide where the liability for the injury lays.

Common Types of Accidents During a Driving Lesson

Inexperienced learner drivers have a propensity to be involved in accidents that are caused by a specific set of reasons, which more experienced drivers do not. These include:

  • Risk-taking – inexperienced drivers tend to take more risks than older, more experienced
  • Poor hazard assessment –  inexperienced drivers lack the experience to make accurate evaluations of road hazards.
  • Overconfidence – inexperienced drivers tend to overestimate their own deriving skill.

Furthermore, young and inexperienced drivers tend to do things that more experienced drivers do not, such as talking on a phone, sending text messages, and driving while intoxicated.

If you have been injured in an accident with a learner or inexperienced driver, call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page, so that we can claim for you the compensation you are entitled to.

Compensation Claims for Driving Lesson Accidents

To answer the question, ‘I crashed my driving instructor’s car am I liable to pay compensation?’, the answer will depend on the type of accident and who was at fault. For every provisional driver accident that occurs, somebody is at fault and it is not always the learner driver themselves. Here are some examples below that demonstrate the complexity of attributing blame:

  • If the accident is caused by the driving instructor not remaining alert, the instructor is liable.
  • If you are injured in an accident with a learner driver but another driver caused the accident, the other driver is liable.
  • If you are involved in an accident with a learner driver, the instructor will generally be liable for not preventing the leaner from making a mistake.
  • If you are involved in an accident with a learner driver and the learner driver has taken rash action that the instructor could not have prevented, the learner will be liable.

As we can see, apportioning blame in these kinds of accidents is far from clear-cut. Call Accident Claims UK today on the number at the bottom of this page so we can help you decide who is liable for your injury.

Common Types of Injury from a Road Traffic Accident

If you are a learner driver involved in an accident in your driving instructor’s car, you could be held liable for any damage caused to the vehicle or any injuries to others, such as:

  • Head injuries, including a concussion.
  • Neck injuries due to whiplash.
  • Back injuries due to excessive blunt trauma.
  • Chest injuries, caused by a seat belt.

These injuries and more could be reason for a person to make a personal injury claim against you.

What Should You Do If You Suffer an Injury Caused by a Driving Lesson Accident?

If a learner driver caused an accident and you were injured as a result, you could be entitled to compensation. The steps below could help you make your claim:

  1. Take photographs of the scene of the accident, as well as the cars involved and their number plates.
  2. Gather the names and contact details of any witnesses to the accident.
  3. Make sure that the police have been informed of the accident.
  4. Get proper medical attention for any injuries.

Once you have taken these steps, please call Accident Claims UK so we can begin making your personal injury claim for you.

Driving Accident Statistics

In 2019, the government reported over 153,158 casualties on British roads that year alone. These casualties ranged from minor injuries to fatalities, with figures including:

  • 1,752 road deaths
  • 25,945 serious injuries
  • 125,461 minor injuries

Whether you’ve sustained a minor injury or you’re the next of kin to a loved one that lost their life in a road traffic accident, you could be entitled to compensation. For more information on driving lesson accident claims and how our legal team could help you make one, please contact us at Accident Claims UK today.

Hit and Run Accidents Involving a Learner Driver

You can only claim driving lesson accident compensation if you can prove liability of the driver of the vehicle. In cases of a hit and run accident where the road user responsible left the scene, you will need to follow a different process to claim compensation.

You will need to contact the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) and explain your case to them. This is an organization that uses money raised through vehicle insurance premiums to compensate victims without an insured driver to claim against.

This process is quite complicated, so if you call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page, we can guide you through it.

Calculating Compensation Claims Involving A Learner Driver

Ask any driving lesson accident solicitor how much the average payment for a specific type of personal injury claim is and they will undoubtedly tell you that there is not one. Due to the unique circumstances of each claim, every payout is different. However, the table below can give you a rough guide to pay-outs for a range of injuries.

InjuryNotesAmount
Minor Hand InjuriesCuts, lacerations, abrasions and soft tissue injuries.Up to £4,461
Moderate Hand InjuriesDeep cuts and wounds that will require a surgical procedure to close.£5,260 to £12,460
Less Serious Hand InjuriesSuch as crushed fingers, or sprained fingers.£13,570 to £27,220
Serious Hand InjuriesIncluding fractures which severely reduce the functionality of the hand.£27,220 to £58,100
Loss of One HandThis can be either through loss of use, or complete amputation.£90,250 to £102,890
Serious Damage to Both HandsCovering any injuries that leave the hand non-functional.£52,310 to £79,360
Loss of Both HandsEither through complete loss of function or total amputation.£132,040 to £189,110
Minor Wrist InjuriesCuts, lacerations, soft tissue injuries and dislocations.Rarely exceed £9,620
Less Serious Wrist InjuriesSprains and mild fractures that reduce hand function until fully healed.£11,820 to £22,990
Serious Wrist InjuriesSerious wounds, including fractures, which leave the hand non-functional for the long-term.£22,990 to £36,770
Severe Wrist InjuriesIncluding multiple fractures and nerve damage that leaves the hand non-functional.£44,690 to £56,180
Severe Arm InjuriesSprains and very simple fractures.£90,250 to £122,860
Less Severe Arm InjuriesPainful injuries that nevertheless will heal fully in time.£36,770 to £56,180
Moderate Arm InjuriesInjuries that leave the arm immobile for the long-term until they heal.£34,340 to £48,080
Simple Arm FracturesDamage to the bones of the lower arm.£6,190 to £18,020
Modest Foot InjuriesCuts, abrasions, lacerations and other soft tissue injuries.Up to £12,900
Moderate Foot InjuriesIncluding fractures, which leave the foot non-functional until healed.£12,900 to £23,460
Serious Foot InjuriesSuch as compound fractures which leave the foot with reduced function once healed.£23,460 to £36,790
Severe Foot InjuriesIncluding injuries comprised of many fractures, which once healed leaves the foot with reduced functionality, and some ongoing pain.£39,390 to £65,710
Very Severe Foot InjuriesPermanent disability following recover.£78,800 to £102,890
Minor Leg InjuriesCuts, lacerations, soft tissue injuries and sprains.Up to £10,380
Less Serious Leg InjuriesIncluding fracture injuries that will cause the leg to be non-functional until healed.£15,750 to £24,340
Moderate Leg InjuriesCompound fractures, torn ligaments and dislocation with severe pain and non-function of the leg until healed.£24,340 to £34,370
Serious Leg InjuriesMultiple fractures, where the leg will be non-functional for the long-term until healed.£36,790 to £51,460
Very Serious Leg InjuriesOnce the injury has healed, the leg will be left with reduced functionality.£51,460 to £85,600
Severe Leg InjuriesOnce the injury has healed, the leg will be left with reduced functionality. There will also be a measure of permanent pain.£90,320 to £127,530
Minor Neck InjuriesCuts, lacerations and other soft tissue injuries.Up to £2,300
Moderate Neck InjuriesInjuries that will remain painful until they have healed fully.£23,460 to £36,120
Severe Neck InjuriesInjuries that will take a long time to heal and will reduce a person’s quality of life while they do.In the region of £139,210
Minor Back InjuriesCuts, abrasions and other soft tissue injuries.Up to £2,300
Moderate Back InjuriesImmobilising injuries such as torn muscles or a bruised spine.£26,050 to £36,390
Severe Back InjuriesInjuries that will result in a very long-term reduction in the quality of life of the victim, with constant pain and suffering.£85,470 to £151,070

For a more accurate payout estimate, please contact Accident Claims UK at the number at the bottom of this page for a consultation.

How to Start Your Personal Injury Claim

To answer the question ‘what to do if you have an accident involving a learner driver?’, all you need to do is call Accident Claims UK.

We will spend some time asking you some questions about the accident and injury, and once we know enough, we will tell you what we believe you should do next. In most cases, this will be to use our No Win No Fee personal injury claims service to get you the compensation that you are eligible for.

No Win No Fee Driving Lesson Injury and Accident Claims

Accident Claims UK can help you make a No Win No Fee driving lesson accident claim. A risk-free, simple way to secure the compensation you are eligible for.

Under our No Win No Fee agreement, you don’t pay anything to start your claim. What’s more, there are no ongoing fees, and if we lose, you don’t pay anything at all. We only charge a fee when we win your claim.

Why Choose to claim with Accident Claims UK?

Accident Claims UK offers our No Win No Fee personal injury claims service as the best way to make driving lesson accident claims. We operate a legal team that covers the whole of the UK, connecting to clients over emails and telephone calls. If needed, we can even arrange for a home visit by one of our solicitors.

We are always available to answer any questions you have and will always update you on the status of your claim. Furthermore, we always aim to win you the most compensation possible.

Start Your Claim Today

Are you ready to make a personal injury claim for a driving lesson accident? If so, don’t hesitate to call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801. Once we know a little more about your case, we will offer you some free legal advice on what to do next.

Useful Links

Car Accident Claims – How To Claim Compensation?  – if you have suffered from a car accident claim find out how you can claim compensation on a No Win No Fee basis.

UK road traffic accident statistics – the UK Government produced statistics on road traffic accidents in the UK.

ROSPA driver training information – information published by ROSPA on driver training and assessment for companies.

DVSA information for driving instructors – information for driving instructors published by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency.

Driving Lesson Accident Claims FAQs

As we bring this driving lesson accident claims guide to a close, we’ll briefly answer some frequently asked questions on the topic.

What happens if you crash during a driving lesson?

If you’re behind the wheel with a driving instructor and you’re involved in a road traffic accident, their insurance should typically cover any subsequent damage. However, every incident is different. With this in mind, it’s always wise to seek legal assistance from a professional.

Our team at Accident Claims UK can handle your case on your behalf, using their knowledge on personal injury claims to win you your compensation. Please contact us today for more information on our services.

What is the average payout for driving lesson accident claims?

Due to the unique circumstances of each claim, every payout is different. However, the table below can give you a rough guide to pay-outs for a range of injuries. For a more accurate payout estimate, please contact Accident Claims UK at the number at the bottom of this page for a consultation. Our advisors can provide free consultations to tell you how much you could be entitled to.

Thank you for reading our driving lesson accident claims guide. Once again, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at Accident Claims UK if you’d like any legal help.