When you sustain injuries as a motorist in a vehicle crash, you know that you are entitled to compensatory damages. However, if you sustain injuries as a passenger, does that right to damages change? Can you still collect damages? Consider the following aspects when calculating how much compensation you should expect if you suffered injuries as a passenger in a car accident and how your lawyer can assist you.
You are Entitled to Compensation for Any Injuries in an Auto Accident, Even as a Passenger
As a passenger injured in a vehicle collision, you have the same right to collect compensation as a driver does. You don’t need to worry about compensation for your car damage unless the crash happened while you were in your own vehicle. But you can still seek compensation for any injuries you sustained in your car crash, including:
Compensation for your Medical Expenses
Following a vehicle crash, you can seek compensation for all medical expenses that you incurred due to your injuries, including emergency treatment, ambulance transport, and physical therapy for months after the collision. Keep a record of your medical expenses to allow you to have clarity on the compensation you deserve.
Coverage for Lost Income
Loss of income, while you heal from your injuries can mean a serious financial hit, particularly for victims who don’t have paid time off or those who work in hourly positions. Lost earnings can be included in a personal injury claim.
Compensation for Pain and Suffering
Besides compensation for financial damages, you, similar to the driver of the automobile and any other passengers, have the right to claim compensation for pain and suffering. Consult an experienced personal injury attorney on how to include pain and suffering as a part of your personal injury case.
As a Passenger in an Auto Accident, you need to Determine who you can Seek Compensation From
As a passenger in a crash, you may have various options for seeking compensatory damages. You may be entitled to seek compensation from the party responsible for the collision, i.e., either the driver of your car or the driver of another vehicle.
If you suffer injuries that exceed the coverage offered by the at-fault party’s insurance, or if you sustain injuries in a crash with a motorist without insurance, you may be entitled to file for compensation through the underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage carried by the motorist of your vehicle.
If you were injured as a passenger in a Lyft or Uber vehicle, you might also have the right to seek compensation through the driver’s company-provided insurance coverage. Companies such as Lyft or Uber provide hefty insurance coverage that can offer crucial protection in case of an accident.
If there are Multiple Passengers in a Vehicle during a Collision and All Suffer Injuries, it can Limit the Compensation you can Receive
Most vehicle insurance policies provide twice the compensation for all persons injured in a car crash that they would offer for a single person hurt in an accident. This helps protect the insurer in the event of a crash, but it may not be beneficial to the passengers in the accident.
For instance, you sustained injuries in an accident with a vehicle filled with people, that could mean multiple passengers who have to divide the amount offered by the insurance plan. An accident with a driver who has only minimum liability insurance could mean limited protection for everyone who was hurt in the accident.
A Lawyer can Provide Invaluable Help as You Manage a Personal Injury Claim as the Passenger in a Wreck
As a victim of a crash, you need a personal injury lawyer who will focus on winning the compensation you deserve. The insurer that covers your vehicle’s driver may help that person seek compensation for both their car and the injuries the motorist sustained in the collision. However, they will not focus on assisting you secure your rightful compensation. On the other hand, a lawyer will focus on helping you through undertaking the following:
- Gathering evidence pertaining to the crash from an unbiased perspective.
- Helping you understand the compensatory damages you deserve for your injuries.
- Managing negotiations with the insurer for you.
- Offering solid legal counsel at every step of the process.
Speak to Accomplished Personal Injury Attorneys Today
Our personal injury lawyers at Stein & Fox provide you with precise information that will help you understand the compensation you deserve. This information includes details on how multiple parties suffering injuries in a crash can affect the compensation your collect, how much you deserve in compensatory damages for your injuries, and who you need to file a personal injury claim against after the collision.
Our attorneys may also identify other persons or entities that may share responsibility for the crash, including the auto manufacturer or a mechanic, in the event of a mechanical issue.
Do you need a lawyer who will assist you in understanding your legal rights after an accident and help you acquire maximum compensation? Contact the law offices of Stein & Fox to learn more about how we can help in protecting your interests. For a free consultation, call today at (770) 961-1700.