Car accidents are scary – even more so when you’re the passenger. Passengers have no control over the accident and have the same concerns about injuries and insurance. We often talk about what a driver should do after a car accident, but we rarely hear about what passengers do. Here are your rights as a passenger in a car accident.
There is no way that a passenger could be held responsible for an accident. Since the passengers have no control over the vehicle, it is very unlikely that the passenger will be liable in any way for the accident.
After an accident, it is always important to alert the police and see a doctor. Be sure to speak to the investigating officer directly, as he or she may occasionally forget to include passengers on the report, which can lead to problems with the insurance carrier. Take photos and get the contact details of both drivers and witnesses. After all of this, you want to speak to an attorney about your case and your next steps.
Making a claim is important to assert both economic and non-economic damage, be it pain and suffering or medical expenses. You can make a claim with the other driver’s insurance, your driver’s insurance, or your own car insurance. If your driver is not part of your immediate family, you may have the right to sue for further compensation. It is difficult to find your way around, but there are resources out there to help.
Making a claim can be complex after you have been injured as a passenger. For this reason, you should speak to an experienced lawyer who specializes in personal injury. Here at Greathouse Trial Law we want to help you understand your rights as a passenger in a car accident.
Contact us today for your free case assessment. Our goal is to serve the great people of Atlanta and to give voice to the voiceless.