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Driving Lesson Accident Claims: Navigating the legal process

You could claim compensation if you had an injury during a driving lesson accident with a learner driver. If you’re unsure what to do next, our advisors offer free consultations to review your claim. They’ll listen to your story, answer your questions, and provide legal advice.

If your claim is likely to succeed, we could connect you with one of our personal injury solicitors. If your claim is accepted, they’ll represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis.

Table Of Contents

  • The Law Regarding Learner Drivers
  • Am I Eligible To Make A Driving Lesson Accident Claim?
  • What Are My Options?
  • Who Is Liable For An Accident Involving A Learner Driver?
  • How Much Compensation For A Driving Lesson Accident Could I Claim?
  • Evidence To Support A Driving Lesson Accident Claim
  • Time Limits For Driving Lesson Accident Claims
  • FAQs

The Law Regarding Learner Drivers

Regarding driving lessons, the law clearly states what learner drivers can and can’t do on public roads. Learner drivers must be at least 17 years old, have a valid provisional driver’s license, display L-plates on their car, and be supervised by a driver over 21 with a clean UK driver’s license for at least three years. These requirements are in place to keep everyone safe, including the learner driver and other people on the road.

Learners must drive safely by following road signs, obeying traffic signals, and sticking to the speed limit. Learners must follow the same standards as experienced drivers, even though they are still learning. This means that if a learner driver causes an accident, they won’t be shown any leniency just because they are still learning.

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Am I Eligible To Make A Driving Lesson Accident Claim?

If you’ve been in a driving lesson accident, you may wonder if you can make a claim. The law says all road users must drive safely and protect each other. To make a claim, you’ll need to show that the other person didn’t meet this duty of care and caused the accident that injured you.

We’ll discuss what evidence you can use to support your claim and whether you’d claim against the learner driver or their instructor. Getting legal advice if you’re unsure whether you have a valid claim is essential, so you can understand your options and make the best decision.

What Are My Options?

There are options if you’ve been injured in a car accident during a driving lesson caused by someone else’s negligence. You don’t have to claim through your instructor’s insurance policy; you can choose to claim with any solicitor you want. There are different reasons why a driving lesson accident might happen, such as another driver being impatient, drunk, careless, or aggressive. You can claim on a No Win, No Fee basis if injured. Our team can help you explore your options and guide you through the claims process. Contact us today to discuss your case.

Who Is Liable For An Accident Involving A Learner Driver?

If you’ve been involved in a car accident during a driving lesson, knowing who is responsible cannot be obvious. The lesson supervisor must ensure they and the learner driver have sufficient insurance to cover potential accidents. It is the driving instructor’s duty of care to ensure that the learner driver follows road rules and drives safely, giving clear instructions and intervening if necessary. If the instructor fails to prevent an accident, a compensation claim could be made against them. However, if the learner driver were entirely responsible for the accident, the claim would be against them. Contact us at 0800 6524 881 to discuss your options, and we will review your accident for free to clarify how your claim should proceed.

How Much Compensation For A Driving Lesson Accident Could I Claim?

You could be eligible to claim compensation if you’re injured during a driving lesson. Compensation may cover

  • Physical injuries
  • Psychological damage, such as anxiety or depression
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of earnings
  • Care costs
  • Cost of repairing or replacing any damaged items.

It may also cover future loss of earnings and the cost of modifying your home or paying for mobility aids if needed. The compensation you could receive will depend on the extent of your injuries and how they have impacted your life. If you’ve been injured in a driving lesson accident and want to explore your options, contact us for free advice.

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Evidence To Support A Driving Lesson Accident Claim

When you are in a driving lesson accident, gathering evidence to support your compensation claim is essential. You will need strong evidence to prove that the other party was at fault for the accident and that their actions caused your injuries. The evidence that can help you win your case includes:

  • Photographs of the accident scene,
  • Witness details,
  • Medical records,
  • CCTV or dashcam footage
  • The other driver’s personal information and insurance policy.

It’s also important to keep track of any costs or expenses related to your injuries. If you’re unsure what evidence to gather, our team can help review what you’ve collected and assist with obtaining any additional evidence needed.

Time Limits For Driving Lesson Accident Claims

If you’ve been injured in a driving lesson accident, it’s important to remember that there is a 3-year time limit for making a compensation claim. Although this may seem like a long time, it’s best to act quickly to increase your chances of gathering the necessary evidence to support your claim.

Simple claims may take as little as 6-9 months, but more complicated cases may take longer to finalize. In such instances, your solicitor can help ease the financial burden by requesting interim payments for expenses like loss of earnings or private medical treatment while your case is ongoing. Don’t hesitate to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

We operate on a No Win No Fee basis, which means we’ll only charge you if we successfully secure compensation for your injuries. Our team will gather all the necessary evidence to support your case and fight your corner against the defendant’s insurance company.
If you have any questions about the driving lesson accident claims process, please don’t hesitate to call us or use our live chat service. We’re here to help you get the compensation you deserve.


Yes, you can make an accident claim if you were injured during a lesson. As a learner driver, you have the right to expect a certain level of safety during your driving lessons, and your driving instructor has a legal duty to ensure that you are not put at risk of harm.

If your driving instructor was at fault for the accident, they or their driving school might be liable for your driving lesson accident claim. However, if another driver caused the accident, then their insurance company would be responsible for compensating you.

You can claim for a range of damages in a driving lesson claim, including compensation for any injuries you suffered, loss of earnings if you had to take time off work, and any expenses you incurred due to the accident.

You typically have three years from the accident date to make a driving lesson accident claim. However, if you were a minor during the accident, this deadline may be extended until your 21st birthday.

The compensation you can receive for a driving lesson claim depends on several factors, including the severity of your injuries, the impact on your life, and any financial losses you incurred as a result of the accident. An experienced personal injury solicitor can help you assess the value of your claim.

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