What Are My Rights as a Passenger in a Car Accident?

When you are involved in a car accident as a passenger, you might wonder what your options are. If you were injured, then you do have rights. Keep reading to learn what those rights are, and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you require a free legal consultation to learn more about your options.

You Have a Right to Compensation for Injuries Suffered in the Car Accident

As a passenger, you have the same right to compensation as you would if you were driving but without the responsibilities such as auto insurance. Unless the accident occurred while you were a passenger in your own vehicle, you could seek compensation for all injuries suffered in the accident. This includes compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

The Person(s) You Sue Might Be Different Than if You Were a Driver

The main difference is that, as a passenger, you have different people from whom you can seek compensation. For example, you could seek compensation from the at-fault party, whether it was the driver of the vehicle you were in or another vehicle. If the at-fault driver does not have sufficient insurance, then you might be able to file a claim for compensation via the driver of your vehicle’s un/underinsured motorist coverage.

If There Were Several Passengers Then Compensation Might Be Limited

One thing to keep in mind is that if there were multiple passengers in a vehicle when an accident occurred, it could limit how much compensation you are eligible to receive. Why? Because most car insurance policies offer double the compensation for many passengers than they would pay for a single injured person. This means that if there are four people injured, they will be splitting twice what a single injured person would get.

An Attorney is Necessary to Determine the Best Way Forward

You need an attorney who can provide valuable help to get the compensation you are owed. An attorney will work to collect evidence, helping you understand all compensation options and what you are owed for your short-term and long-term injuries, as well as current and future medical bills, and handle negotiations with the insurance company on your behalf.

Healing from car accident injuries is hard enough, but when you then have to deal with attorneys, medical bills, and the law, it can be impossible. You do not have to deal with this – contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 today to request a free legal consultation. We will find the best way for you to get the compensation you need.