Your Rights as a Passenger in a Car Accident

As a Passenger Involved in a Car Accident, You Have Rights!

Passengers who get injured in a car accident generally have an easier time than drivers when making an injury claim. The main reason for this is that as a passenger, you generally do not have to worry about proving liability because someone else (usually one or more drivers) is going to be at fault for the crash. This article discusses your rights as a passenger in a car accident.

How to File a Passenger Injury Claim

Passenger in a carYou would proceed with your passenger injury claim, also known as a third-party car insurance claim, just like any other type of car accident claim. The only difference is that you might have the option of filing the claim against both drivers if it was a two-car accident. If only one of the drivers in a multiple car crash was obviously negligent, then you might not want to bother filing an injury claim against the driver not negligent (such as a lead car in a rear-end crash).

In other words, depending on who might have caused the underlying collision, as a first step, you will generally file an injury claim against either of the following liability insurance policies:

  • the policy of the driver or owner of the car you were riding in at the time of the accident
  • the policy of the driver or owner of another vehicle involved in the accident

Either of these claims would be considered a “third party” claim.

Claiming Compensation for Your Injuries as a Passenger

As a passenger in a car accident claim, you may be able to receive monetary compensation for your accident related expenses and injuries. Some common types of damages you may be entitled to as a passenger in a car crash include:

  • Loss of wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Hospital costs and bills
  • Past and future medical bills  
  • Therapy ills
  • Cost of medical devices
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress and trauma
  •  Any other out of pocket expenses

You Need to Hire an Accident Attorney

Insurance companies and their adjusters have one goal – to settle claims as quickly as possible, for as cheap as possible. They will take any necessary measures to reach this goal. For this reason, it is usually best to immediately hire an experienced personal injury attorney to look out for your best interests. An aggressive Los Angeles car accident lawyer can negotiate with the insurance company, speak with medical experts to prove your case, and represent you in court if necessary.

Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney

If you or a loved has been injured in a car accident, you should discuss your legal options with an attorney as you may be entitled to compensation. The Los Angeles car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates advocate for their clients’ full financial recovery through hard work and an aggressive approach. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call 949-727-9300.

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