What to Do If Injured as a Passenger During a Car Accident

Just like drivers, passengers can also face life-changing injuries due to someone else’s negligent actions. Passengers involved in auto accidents can often file an insurance claim for damages and, if needed, pursue a lawsuit. In California, personal injury laws typically have the at-fault party and their insurer pay for passenger damages. That being said, determining who a passenger should file a claim against can be challenging without a car accident attorney

If you were injured in an auto accident as a passenger, contact the Law Office of Scott Righthand, P.C., to discuss the next steps. We provide information specific to your case at an initial consultation. 

What Is the First Step to Take When Injured As a Passenger?

The first step an injured passenger should take is to contact an attorney to discuss the situation. An injury can significantly impact a person’s life and may qualify for payments from the at-fault driver. An auto accident attorney can help injured passengers learn about their options, collect evidence that the other driver was at fault and pursue compensation. 

The Insurer of the At-Fault Driver Pays for Passenger Injuries

California law outlines that the at-fault driver who is solely responsible for the accident is liable for passenger injuries. The driver’s insurer then must provide compensation for the injured passengers according to policy limits. Motorists in California are required to have at least $15,000 to cover another person’s injuries. Certain policies, however, might provide even higher payouts. Working with an attorney is important for this reason, since our experience allows you to build a case that supports your claim to a maximum settlement. 

Out-of-Pocket Payments from the At-Fault Party

The at-fault party’s insurer might decide not to pay for any damages if the driver was driving recklessly or was intoxicated at the time of the incident. In this situation, passengers can still seek damages from the driver. If the insurance payout does not cover the injuries, the injured passengers may pursue a lawsuit against the at-fault party. 

Liability of Third Parties

Car accidents can also happen due to a negligent third party. A few common instances of third-party liability include: 

  • Accidents that are caused by an employee using a work vehicle at the time of the incident
  • Faulty parts and other manufacturing defects 
  • Accidents due to poor repair work or maintenance
  • Dangerous conditions or improperly maintained roads due to failure by certain government agencies

It’s important to keep in mind that filing a lawsuit against a third party is often difficult and time-consuming. Talk to a car accident attorney prior to pursuing an injury claim. 

Speak to a San Francisco Car Accident Lawyer

The aftermath of a car accident can be confusing, and you’re looking for solid ground. Injuries can complicate your lifestyle and involve emotional scars, property loss and so much more, which is why you deserve to seek compensation for your suffering. Contact the Law Office of Scott Righthand, P.C., to discuss your accident case with our attorneys.

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06 February,2023

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