Passengers in automobile accidents get hurt just like the drivers of the vehicles involved in a collision. Seeking medical attention for your injuries is an important first step when assessing your damages. When thinking about pursuing a compensation claim for injuries you suffered because you were a passenger in a car accident, consider the following.
If You are Related to the Driver
In many instances, a passenger will not be permitted to make a claim against the driver if he or she is related to and live with the driver involved in the auto accident. In those circumstances insurance companies consider the passenger insured under the policy. Generally, a passenger is not allowed to pursue a liability claim against his or her relative’s insurance company because the passenger is considered a member of the insured’s household, even if the insurance policy is not in the passenger’s name.
You do Not Have to Prove Liability
A person injured in a car accident does not have to prove fault or liability if he or she was a passenger.
You Must Have Suffered Damages
A person injured in a car accident must suffer damages. Damages include economic losses like payments for medical care and treatment, lost wages, and related costs and personal losses like pain and suffering and mental anguish.
You May Pursue a Third-Party Insurance Claim
A passenger injured in a car accident may pursue a third-party insurance claim against the policy of the driver the passenger was riding with at the time of the accident or the other driver involved in the collision. If you are a passenger in a taxi, Lyft, or Uber you may also be able to pursue a claim against the taxi company or ride-share company’s policy.
Have You Been Hurt in an Auto Accident?
If you have been injured in a car accident as a passenger, you may be entitled to compensation for medical care and treatment, lost wages, and other losses. The Car Accident Lawyers at the Berelc Law Firm, located in Lavonia, Georgia, are here to help.
The Lavonia Car Accident Lawyers help people receive compensation for their physical and economic injuries following a car accident. If the injured person dies as a result of his or her injuries, survivors may be able to pursue a wrongful death action.
Call (706) 356-0518 today to schedule a free appointment. We are available 24/7 to help you. You can also book your appointment online. Ask us about our other practice areas including, personal injury claims, workers’ compensation claims, criminal law cases, and family law matters, including divorce.
The Berelc Law Firm, P.C. is a litigation firm that represents clients throughout north Georgia, including Lavonia, Hartwell, Carnesville, Royston, Elberton, Danielsville, Toccoa, Commerce, Comer, Colbert, Bowman, Clarkesville, Athens, Augusta, Hart County, Franklin County, Stephens County, Elbert County, Banks County, Madison County, Oglethorpe County, Clarke County, Richmond County, and Columbia County.