Shotgun! Your Rights as a Passenger in a Car Accident

Passenger in a Car Accident

If you were injured in a car accident, it’s important to understand your rights.

Whether you were injured because the driver of the vehicle you were traveling in was negligent or because of the recklessness of another motorist, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages you have suffered.

VanDerGinst Law has exceptional attorneys who will protect your rights as a driver or a passenger if you have been injured in a car accident.

We will provide you with a free, no obligation consultation to help you determine if you can pursue legal action against the at-fault party.

If we find that you have a case, we will pursue the maximum compensation on your behalf.

Drivers Must Drive Safely

Drivers must exercise reasonable care when operating a motor vehicle to avoid causing harm to passengers, pedestrians and occupants of other vehicles.

If a driver breaches this duty and injures a passenger in his or her vehicle, the passenger may be entitled to file a claim against the negligent driver to recover compensation.

Passenger Responsibility

Passengers are also required to exercise reasonable care.

Because of this, a passenger could be partially responsible for causing his or her own injuries during an accident.

This could include situations where the passenger failed to wear a seat belt or rode in a vehicle with a driver whom he or she knew was impaired.

In these situations, comparative fault may apply and could limit the compensation the passenger receives.

Accidents in Taxi Cabs, Uber or Lyft

Passengers in taxi cabs and ride-sharing operations have the same rights to recover compensation as those injured in private vehicles.

Uber, Lyft and other ride-share drivers are typically covered by their own insurance.

However, recovering compensation through their policies can be complicated.

For this reason, Uber and Lyft have liability policies that may kick in if the at-fault driver’s insurance denies coverage or is not enough to cover your expenses.

If your injuries are severe and you are not able to recover the compensation you need through insurance, you may have options for filing a lawsuit.

However, this is extremely complicated in situations involving Uber or Lyft.

Our attorneys can explain your options in this type of situation.

Get Legal Help After Being Injured In a Car Accident

If you were injured in a car accident, contact VanDerGinst Law to learn more about your rights.

Our seasoned attorneys have helped tens of thousands of victims recover compensation for their injuries caused by another’s negligence.

We can help guide you through the process of filing an accident claim so that you can focus on your recovery.

Do not hesitate to contact us for a free, no obligation consultation to find out if you are entitled to compensation for your injury.

All of our services are provided on a contingency fee basis, which means you only have to pay us if we recover damages for your claim.

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