Passenger Injuries from Vehicle Accidents
Passengers have just as many rights as the driver when it comes to automobile accident cases.
In some situations, injured passengers are the only ones that have the right to appeal for compensation. For example, say you’re a passenger in a collision between vehicles and both drivers are at fault. Your driver may be limited to how much he or she recovers based on carelessness. As a passenger, you can never be at fault and therefore are entitled to recovering the full amount of your damages.
Suing a Driver
Passengers also have the option to sue their driver, the other driver, or both. Because drivers of motors vehicles have an obligation to follow the rules of the road and use care while driving,they’re liable for injured passenger damages. That means if they cause an accident and you’re injured, you have the right to sue for medical expenses, potential lost wages from not being able to work, and pain and suffering.
Cases in which both drivers are sued generally entail that the passenger has suffered severe injuries resulting in damages that are higher than the insurance policies of both drivers. When this happens, the passenger receives full compensation for his or her damages, or at least the maximum permitted under both insurance policies.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a passenger in a vehicle, we recommend contacting a vehicle injury attorney like Prior, Criner & Edwards to ensure you’re granted the compensation to which you’re entitled