Injured Passengers: Do They Have Rights In a Car Accident?

Injured passengers sometimes result from car accidents. Car accidents can result in serious injuries and even worse for unwary passengers. If kids are involved, things can become quite nightmarish. Negligent drivers can, through their reckless actions or inaction, cause severe damages to the victims.

Though negligence or recklessness is only momentary, the impact may be long-lasting. This article will look at the other side of the story – the injured passengers (rather than the drivers). How do accidents affect them, and what are their rights after they’ve gone through this all?

But the one thing you must understand at this point is that you can’t get much done unless you get in touch with a competent and committed legal team that is willing to assist you. Reginald Greene, with years of experience in the field, will fight for your legal rights and get you the compensation you so rightfully deserve.

But before we go to that part, let’s take a look at the legal rights of the car accident victims:

Passengers Have to Be Compensated For Their Losses in a Car Accident

The injured passengers are also party to the car accident case even though they normally aren’t involved in causing one. For injured passengers to be compensated for their losses in any such event is guaranteed by the law, but where does this compensation extend to?

Here are the major losses covered by compensation for passengers in the event of a car accident:

Loss of Income/Wages

The injuries sustained during the accident may put the passengers out of work for days or weeks, and if that is the case, you can claim compensation for that period. The monetary settlement will consider the amount of time you spent out of work and your daily income to work out a solution here.

Medical Expenses

This is another obvious area where a car accident settlement must reimburse the passengers for their losses. All you have to do on your end is to keep a track of your bills and other medical expenses to know for sure how much you’ve had to spend on your medical care because of the accident.

Your medical records will also become a factor here.

Non-Economic Damages

Apart from all the monetary losses, the passengers also suffer from pain, emotional trauma, and unrest, all of which cannot be measured in monetary terms. This is dealt with under the umbrella of non-economic damages that cover such losses.

The Liable Party

Identifying the liable party is also imperative for success here because the sum you receive in compensation will be limited by the insurance policy held by the liable party. If multiple people were injured in the crash, the monetary compensation will be split among them.

Here are the possible scenarios:

  • Firstly, the liable driver may be the one driving your car. In this case, you’ll be entitled to compensation from that driver’s insurance premium (or in the case of a rideshare app, the company’s policy as well, under special circumstances).
  • Secondly, the other driver may be responsible for the crash in which case all people seated in your car can sue them for compensation.
  • Thirdly, the other driver, who caused the accident may be underinsured or uninsured, in which case there will be a limit to how much they can pay you in compensation. In such cases, you must turn to your insurance coverage or look for other avenues for compensation (contact a lawyer immediately).

While it is highly unlikely for a passenger to cause an accident, if this is the case, then they can’t demand compensation from the other parties. And if there are multiple victims, all seeking compensation, the sum will be split among them accordingly.

Don’t delay matters, seek legal consultation for your Atlanta car crash case right away!

Legal Help Is Only a Phone Call Away!

Car accident liability cases in Atlanta should never be rushed. Once you know the full extent of your economic and non-economic losses, only then can you build a strong case and fight for your legal rights. The opposing side may try to get you to settle early on, perhaps their insurance adjuster may contact you to get you to accept their seemingly generous offer, but you should always consider your position first.

If you gathered all the evidence at the accident site (photos, videos, contact information, and so on), filed a report with the police, and sought medical help as soon as possible, then there is nothing to worry about. Your lawyers will handle the rest and even fill in the blanks wherever needed.

With Reginald Greene’s office at your side, you need not worry about justice being served because that is for sure!

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