As a vehicle passenger involved in an accident, it is natural to feel helpless as the accident was completely out of your control. In court however, the lack of involvement can help you recover damages much quicker. Vehicle passengers are unlikely to have any fault in causing their injuries and thus are not responsible for proving liability.
With that said, if you have been involved in a multi-car vehicle collision, as the passenger, you can file a claim against all drivers as well as your own insurance company. Regardless of who is found at fault, at least one of the drivers will be found guilty and liable for the injuries.
As with any personal injury case you must be able to prove those damages. Of course, this is where good legal representation comes in. Your attorney can explain your legal rights and determine whether you may be able to seek damages from the driver or the other drivers for your injuries.
In a single-car crash, the claim would be filed against the driver of the vehicle and coverage would be given under their insurance policy under the Personal Injury Protection. Vehicle passengers may not only have a claim against the driver, they could also potentially have claims against other parties, including the vehicle owner(s), the manufacture of the vehicle, and the government agency responsible for road maintenance, amongst others. As each accident is unique, each requires a thorough evaluation to determine the circumstances and the damages that can be recovered.
Car accidents can range from devastating multi-car pileups to small fender benders with delayed injuries. Regardless of the type of accident you were a passenger in, it is important to schedule a free consultation with an experienced car accident attorney. If you need immediate assistance please contact our office to schedule a consultation, or fill out a case evaluation form and you will be contacted immediately.