Were You a Passenger in a Car That Crashed?
Auto accident claims are generally between two drivers, but what happens if you get hurt while riding as a passenger in a car crash? Do you have the same rights to compensation?
If you were riding in a vehicle that was involved in an accident and have incurred injuries as a result, you have rights. When you contact our firm for a free consultation, we can determine if you have a case and how much your claim could be worth. We can then get to work to help you receive maximum compensation.
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As a passenger in a car accident, you have the right to recover money for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and ongoing recovery costs that have resulted from your crash-related injuries.
To qualify for compensation, you must meet specific criteria, including:
- You must prove that the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence or intentional actions
- You must demonstrate that your injuries were the direct result of those actions
- You cannot be at fault for the accident
- You cannot be a member of the same household as the at-fault driver
Who Pays For My Medical Bills & Other Damages?
You always have the right to pursue compensation from a liable party whenever you are wrongfully injured through no fault of your own. That is to say, if you were seated as a passenger in a vehicle that crashes and you suffer an injury, then another party will most likely be held liable for your resulting damages.
However, being a passenger in an accident can put you in a bit of an awkward position. If your friend or family member was driving the vehicle when it crashed, and they are found to be liable for the accident, then they are also liable for your injuries. You may find yourself needing to bring a claim against a loved one.
It may help to remember that you will not be seeking money from your friend or family member directly. Instead, you are asking their insurance company to cover your damages. You will most likely interact with their insurance provider much more during your case than the friend or family member who was driving.
It could even be possible that you are automatically provided some coverage from their insurance company, depending on the details of their coverage and policy. Of course, there is also the chance that the other driver will be found liable for the crash, in which case you would file a claim against the other, at-fault party.
Call our passenger injury claim lawyers in Sacramento for your free initial consultation: (916) 471-6098.
When riding with someone, you do not have as much time to react to an oncoming collision to prepare for the impact. This is why accident injuries to passengers are frequently the most severe.
We represent those who have suffered all kinds of serious injuries, including:
Regardless of the nature and extent of your injuries, our passenger injury claim attorneys can help you pursue a fair settlement. We have a proven track record of getting big insurance companies to pay our clients what they deserve. Our firm can utilize our years of experience to sort through the details of your claim, determine where liability lies, and file against the at-fault parties. We can even take a case to trial, if need be.
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