A car accident can leave a driver with serious injuries. It can also leave a passenger with serious injuries. If you were a passenger who sustained injuries in a car accident, you are entitled to be compensated for your injuries. Liability questions and other legal issues can be complex and need to be resolved so that you can receive this compensation. Dedicated personal injury attorney Michael LoGiudice is here for those injured passengers and will handle all of the legal complexities that come up along the way.
I Was a Passenger Injured a Car Accident. How Can I Be Compensated for My Injuries?
First and foremost, as a passenger in a vehicle, you are covered by the no-fault insurance policy for the vehicle you were a passenger in at the time of the crash. This is true regardless of who was at fault. The no-fault insurance on the vehicle will cover things like your medical bills, but often the policy limits are low and, with medical bills and other expenses, this coverage might not go very far
For expenses that exceed the no-fault insurance policy limits, you will look to the at-fault party’s insurance coverage to make sure you are properly compensated for medical expenses, lost wages, future medical expenses, and pain and suffering. The person or persons at fault are liable for the car accident. Determining liability, however, can be difficult. Potentially liable parties can include:
- A single driver or multiple drivers
- The car manufacturer, if a vehicle defect was involved
- An employer, if a driver was operating a company vehicle
- The driver of the car in which you were a passenger
- A bar owner, if you were injured by an intoxicated river who was over-served alcohol.
Try your best to take pictures at the scene, get the names of witnesses to the crash, and make sure an accurate representation of what happened in the crash ends up in the police report. All of this can be used as evidence to prove liability. Additionally, make sure you keep receipts for things like medication and medical bills so you can be properly reimbursed for all of these accident-related expenses.
Liability issues can be complex and also lead to personally delicate situations. Oftentimes a passenger is a friend or relative of the person driving the vehicle. Make sure you speak to a qualified personal injury attorney about the importance of pursuing all avenues of recovery and your relationship with any of the drivers involved.
Pursuing the Right of the Injured to Be Properly Compensated
Injuries caused by car accidents can be emotionally and financially devastating. You have a right to recover monetary compensation for your losses. At Michael LoGiudice, we fight for our injured clients because they deserve someone in their corner, fighting for their legal right to damages.