Your Rights as a Passenger

After you have been involved in an accident, it is normal to have a lot of questions and concerns.  When you are the passenger in an accident whose driver caused the crash, you may not know where to turn.  It is important to know you have options.

When a passenger is involved in an accident, they have the right to file a claim against any party that was at fault, even if it is the driver of the vehicle you were in.  As a passenger, you do not have to prove liability. This means you do not have to prove that you were not at fault for the accident.  

If you were involved in a multi-vehicle accident, you would file a claim for your injuries against whichever driver was negligent, or who caused the accident. At times both drivers may be at fault and you can file a claim against both.

If the accident was a single-vehicle accident most likely the driver would be at fault.  This means that the driver either hit something or failed to do something; however, there are exemptions to this rule.  If a driver would hit something such as a deer, they may not be at fault. A deer running out onto the road is not something to be expected.

When a passenger is injured in an accident, it is important to file a claim for your injuries even if the driver of the vehicle you were in was at fault.  The claim will be filed against the driver’s insurance and will help alleviate the costs associated with an injury. These costs are known as damages. Damages may include medical bills, wage loss and pain, and suffering.

The most important thing to do after an accident is to seek the medical treatment you need. 

Recovering compensation after an accident.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green.  Our attorneys will provide you with a free no-obligation consultation to evaluate your case.  Call 412-661-1400 to speak with an attorney today.

It is important to recover damages for wage loss, medical bills and pain and suffering.  At Berger and Green, we take into account your present and future medical needs. We understand the impact a car accident takes on your life.