When it comes to a motor vehicle accident, there is no party more neutral than a passenger in one of the vehicles involved in the accident. However, even though they did not contribute to the collision, they often walk away with the same level of injuries as the driver of the vehicle. As a result, they deserve the same legal protections as everyone else. If you have been involved in a vehicle accident as a passenger, learn about your rights.
Various Routes for Compensation
As a passenger, you have several routes you can take to obtain compensation. You can file a claim against the driver of the other vehicle or their insurance company, the driver of the vehicle you were in, or their insurance company, and in some instances, your own insurance company. Which route you take has a lot to do with the information you are provided with from drivers, in terms of their cooperation, and the type of claim you file. Speak with an attorney to learn which option is best.
Keep in mind that you may have been involved in the accident with other people in the vehicle, but your case is yours alone. In an accident in which there are multiple people injured and multiple accident claims, it is important to understand that each person has their own claim. For this reason, it is best to secure your own legal representation and not rely on second-hand information from anyone else that was inside the vehicle.
No Limit Claims
It is also important to remember that you are covered under the same laws as the drivers of the vehicles. As a result, there are not any limits when it comes to the types of claims you can file. For example, you can file a claim for your injuries, missed time from work, and pain and suffering. You can file a claim for whatever level of compensation to which you are legally due.
As mentioned earlier, each individual who is injured represents a separate claim. Although the claims are settled separately, it is customary for an insurance company to try and settle the claims around the same time. Consequently, if one of the claims is moving along slowly, it may cause a delay in settling the other claims. Keep it in your mind that you could experience a delay as a result.
Do not think that because you are a passenger, you do not have a right to file an injury claim. Speak with a personal injury attorney to learn more about how to exercise your rights.