If you are a passenger injured in a car crash, your claim for personal injury is like any other type of car accident claim. However, as a passenger involved in a car accident, you generally have an easier case to prove than the driver. Since you were not driving, you do not have to worry about who caused the accident since one of the drivers will be responsible.
Passenger Injury Case in a Two-Car Accident
However, if two cars were involved, then you as the passenger could make claims against both drivers. Making two claims is generally helpful because there will hopefully be enough insurance money to properly compensation you for your injuries. However, there may be some disagreement over liability (who caused the crash) between the two insurance companies, which can unnecessarily delay the passenger’s settlement.
Multiple Passenger Injury Claims
If, for example, a rear-end crash involves more than one passenger in the car that was hit and the driver of the car is also hurt then all the people can make claims against the negligent driver. If the total value of the injury cases exceeds the driver’s insurance, each injured person will have to settle with the negligent driver for less than what their case may be worth.
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage
If you were a passenger in a motor vehicle accident, and the at-fault driver carried no insurance or insurance inadequate to cover your damages, you may have additional coverage under your own auto insurance policy. Insurance coverage issues can be complicated including time limits within which to make a claim for uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, so please contact our car accident attorneys as soon as possible following an accident.
Contact Conway, Londregan, Sheehan & Monaco, P.C.
If you are a passenger who was injured in a car accident and have any questions about your legal rights, you may want to discuss your options with a car accident lawyer.
At Conway, Londregan, Sheehan & Monaco, P.C., we provide attentive and personalized service while handling your car accident case. Your car accident case will be handled directly by Connecticut and Rhode Island car accident lawyers. You will always be able to talk with and meet with us. We will work hard to hold people and companies responsible for injuries caused by their carelessness.
To schedule a free consultation, please call us at (860) 447-3171 to talk with our experience personal injury attorneys who can represent in Connecticut and Rhode Island. To learn more about the personal injury practice at Conway, Londregan, Sheehan & Monaco, please click here.