As a passenger in another person’s vehicle, you put your safety in their hands. Getting involved in a car accident can seem traumatizing and upsetting as a result. As a passenger in a motor vehicle accident, you might wonder what your rights are. What happens if the driver of another car is responsible for the accident? What happens if the driver of the car you are in is responsible for the accident? You can find out this information and protect your rights here.
If you are the passenger in a motor vehicle accident, there are a few things that you can do. This makes sure that you get compensation. First, make sure that the drivers file a police report. If the drivers cannot decide who caused the accident, you might get asked to act as a witness. This can help them decide. But, as a passenger in the accident, you will most likely not get blamed for the accident. Eventually the other drivers will sort it out. Once this happens, you can recover compensation if you got injured. You should also make sure that you get your injuries checked out by a doctor.
If Your Driver Is At Fault
If the driver of the car you were in is at fault for the accident, you have the right to recover damages from him or her. You can file a claim against that driver’s insurance policy. This allows you to get compensation for any injuries that you sustained in the accident. Typical liability coverage should cover the cost of lost wages. It can also cover medical expenses and pain and suffering.
An issue could arise if you are related to the driver who caused the accident. Some insurance policies don’t cover family members. This is because they consider covering a family member like covering the driver. If the driver’s insurance won’t cover your injuries, you might be able to file a claim with your own insurance policy. If you have questions about this process, you should talk to an attorney. They can make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve. This is the case even if the driver’s insurance won’t pay for it.
If The Other Driver Is At Fault
If the other driver is at fault for the accident, you can file a claim against their insurance. Whether that driver is completely at fault for the accident or partially at fault, you as a passenger can get compensation from them. But, you won’t be able to get compensation that is more than the total value of the claim.
In most cases, passengers are not responsible for car accidents. But, there are a few situations in which this is the case. For example, if you distracted the driver you might be partially at fault for the accident. Other actions like grabbing the steering wheel can cause fault. If this is the case, the amount of compensation that you can get for your injuries will reduce.
To learn more about compensation as well as passenger liability, contact our office.