Can a Passenger File a Personal Injury Claim After a Car Crash? 

 Posted on November 17, 2022 in Car Accidents

Chicago Car Crash Injury LawyerThe Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that, on average, a car crash occurs every 60 seconds in the United States. While many of these accidents are "fender benders" with minor property damage and no injuries, other accidents result in severe harm. Individuals injured in car accidents may be able to recover financial compensation for medical expenses and other damages through a personal injury claim. While we often think about car crash injury claims in the context of an injured driver, injured passengers may also be able to secure compensation through a claim.

Car Accident Injury Claims Involving Injured Passengers

If you've been involved in a car accident, you may be wondering whether you can file a personal injury claim if you were a passenger in the car. The answer to this question will depend on a number of factors, but it is usually possible for an injured passenger to bring a claim after a crash.

In most cases, injured passengers will be able to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. However, if the at-fault driver does not have insurance or lacks sufficient coverage to cover the damages, the injured passenger may need to file a claim with their own insurance company. In some cases, the injured passenger may also be able to file a claim against the driver of the car in which they were riding if that driver was negligent.

For example, if the driver of the car in which you were riding was speeding or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may be able to file a claim against that driver in addition to or instead of the other driver. Sometimes, this presents an awkward situation. The person driving the car in which you were riding may be a close friend or even a family member. However, it is important to remember that most injury claims are brought against insurance companies, not individuals.

Get Legal Help From a Lawyer

If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important to understand your legal rights and options. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you understand the process of filing a claim and can assist you in pursuing the compensation you deserve. It is important to act quickly if you want to take legal action after a crash. Crucial evidence, including witness statements, camera footage, and accident scene evidence, will need to be collected and preserved quickly.

Call a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer

Our Chicago personal injury attorneys understand the turmoil that a serious car accident brings to a person's life. You may be facing massive medical bills in addition to your painful injuries. You may be unable to work or take care of your family. Let us help you take the next steps. Call Winters Salzetta O'Brien & Richardson, LLC at 312-236-6324 for a free initial consultation.



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