If You Were Injured as a Passenger in an Accident, You Have Rights to Compensation
Being involved in a car accident likely isn’t something that you plan on happening when you get into a car. However, it could happen at any time and could happen when a loved one, friend or relative is driving and you are the passenger. This situation could bring you unnecessary worry about how your claim could affect your relationship with your family member or friend.
What to Do After Being a Passenger in a Car Accident
You want to pursue claims against all possible parties when you are passenger in a car accident to obtain the full compensation that you deserve. You are a passenger completely devoid of any negligence and deserve payment for your pain and suffering. This also applies if you were riding a Port Authority bus or mass transit vehicle.
Depending on your factual scenario, you could have claims against the other driver who struck the vehicle you were in. If another driver was negligent in hitting a vehicle you were riding in, you could have a claim for compensation with their insurance company.
Insurance Claims as a Passenger In a Car Accident
You could have claims with your friend or family member’s car insurance coverage. If they were partially responsible for the collision, their insurance could be partially liable for paying you. We often hear our clients reluctancy to open up a claim with a loved one’s car insurance provider, but if you are injured, that is what car insurance is for.
Sometimes the owner of the vehicle could have coverage. In some situations, the owner of the vehicle is not the negligent driver. If the owner gave the driver permission to drive their car, their insurance could be the one to compensate you.
Additionally, an employer of negligent driver could be at fault so look for any company logos on the vehicle. If a driver was driving a company car or driving for his/her job, his/her employer and the company’s insurance company could be an avenue of compensation.
What if They Don’t Have Insurance?
Also, if someone is driving a vehicle with no insurance, there are still ways to obtain insurance coverage. Our experienced car accident attorneys in Pittsburgh PA can help you locate any and all possible coverage.
When Should I Contact an Attorney After an Accident?
It is important to seek the assistance of an attorney as soon as you are able after an accident so that any insurance coverage issues can be addressed if you are a passenger in a vehicle. Having a professional handle everything will allow you focus on addressing your injuries. We at Hal Waldman & Associates take great pride in obtaining the compensation our clients deserve.
Contact Hal Waldman & Associates
If you’re involved in an accident, you should know that you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and lost wages. Hal Waldman & Associates, car accident attorneys in Pittsburgh PA, can offer assistance in filing a claim on your behalf so that you do receive the proper compensation. When you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to pay your monthly bills or medical payments, then it’s often easier to focus on the recovery process so that you can provide for your family in the future.
When you meet with an attorney, you’ll usually discuss the type of accident that you had, all the parties involved and your injuries. You should try to have as much documentation with you as possible so that the process of filing a claim can begin as quickly as possible. If you’re unable to access the documents that you need then Hal Waldman & Associates can request them from the proper sources.