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What Are My Rights As A Passenger In A Car Crash?
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What Are My Rights As A Passenger In A Car Crash?

Passengers who are hurt in a car accident have the same right to recover for their injuries as the driver.

What Are My Rights As A Passenger In A Car Crash?

If you’re riding in a car that’s involved in a car accident, you may not realize that — just like the driver — you have legal rights.  If you have been injured in accident due to the negligence of the driver of your car or of another vehicle, you can still file a personal injury claim and get the compensation that you need to recover from your injuries.

Passengers are just as vulnerable to injuries in car accidents as the driver — and in some types of accidents, they are even more susceptible to serious or even fatal injuries.  If you’ve been hurt in a car crash as a passenger, you have the right to file a lawsuit.  A skilled Phoenix car accident attorney can help you get the money you deserve for your injuries.

Who Is At Fault?

When you’re in a car accident as a passenger, it doesn’t matter who was at fault — another driver or the driver of your vehicle.  You are still entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages.

If another driver caused the accident, you can seek damages through that person’s insurance company or through a lawsuit.  This is usually an easy decision for most people; it isn’t typically a difficult decision to sue a stranger for the injuries that they caused.

However, if it was your friend or family member who caused the accident, you may hesitate to file a claim against them.  It is important to remember here that your loved one has insurance for a reason — and that the cost of your medical treatment, lost wages and more should not fall on your shoulders. In this situation, it is best to hire a Phoenix car accident attorney to represent you and handle the claim process. 

What You Need to Know About Filing A Passenger Claim

When you are hurt in a car accident as a passenger, you have the right to be compensated for your injuries. Nevertheless, many insurance companies try to minimize the amount of damages that they have to pay — or may even deny your claim altogether.
This process starts immediately after the accident, when the insurance company launches its own investigation into the accident and look for ways to prove that their insured wasn’t at fault, or that the passenger somehow had a role in the accident. For example, if you were injured in a single vehicle crash that occurred because your friend was driving drunk, the insurance company may try to claim that you knew that your friend was drunk and allowed him to drive or got into the car anyways — so they should not have to pay the full amount.  Or the insurance company could claim that you distracted the driver, and the accident was your fault as a result.  This is why having your own skilled Phoenix car accident attorney is so critical to obtaining a full recovery.  With the help of a seasoned lawyer, you can ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you get the best possible recovery.

If you are riding in a car that was in an accident, contact the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker today at 602-340-0030 or info@larryhparker.com.  We have handled thousands of personal cases and have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.  Initial consultations are always free, and we never charge a fee unless we get money for you.

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