If you were injured as a passenger in a motor vehicle accident, you may be wondering how you can expect to pay for your injuries. Fortunately, there is legal recourse available to you to help you obtain compensation for any damages you have incurred, from medical bills to mental anguish, and more.
Our lawyers at Peterson & Associates, P.C. can discuss your legal options in a free consultation and help you make a well-informed decision about your next steps to compensation. We have represented passengers who have sustained serious, life-changing injuries for nearly 30 years. As such, we understand the stress that an accident injury can bring, especially when it was no fault of your own; let our trusted, compassionate attorneys help lift the burden off your shoulders.
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As common sense points out, your very status as a passenger at the time of the accident should render you eligible for a claim because you had no “duty of care” to others on the road; you were simply traveling inside another person’s vehicle.
Unless you were acting negligently and contributed to the accident, you will not have to worry about questions of liability as the driver will. Negligence on the part of the passenger typically involves distracting the driver in some capacity.
Often, it is advisable to attempt to go through insurance first. As a passenger, you could file an insurance claim with:
Unfortunately, an insurance claim will likely not cover a catastrophic injury because of the policy’s limits. If other parties were also injured and are seeking compensation, you will need to split the payout with them, meaning you could end up with only a small portion of the compensation to which you are legally owed. As such, when a severe injury is involved, the most fruitful path to compensation is through a lawsuit.
When your family member or friend is the at-fault driver, any legal battle can seem like a dog’s breakfast. This spurs many to wonder whether they could simply sue the other driver instead, regardless of liability. Technically, you can do this, but it would only waste your time because the court will consider driver liability when judging your case. Therefore, your case would end up being dismissed.
Many injured passengers understandably worry that suing a family member or friend could ruin the relationship, but it is important to note that you are not truly suing them for money, you are suing their insurance company.
Therefore, your loved one will not have to pay the jury award or settlement. The only financial repercussions they may face is having to pay higher insurance rates because their insurance carrier will be notified of the accident. This is bound to happen anyway if the other driver notifies their insurance or if your loved one attempts to use insurance to pay for any repairs to their own vehicle.
Don’t let yourself lose out on the compensation you deserve because of something beyond your control. Consult an experienced lawyer about your case and make sure to mention the details of who is responsible for the accident. Often, a lawyer can act as a voice of reason and mediate between you and your loved one.
Peterson & Associates, P.C. accepts cases concerning the following passenger injuries:
We also take on cases involving fatal passenger injuries. At Peterson & Associates, P.C., we know that legal action cannot bring your loved one back, but a wrongful death claim can help you obtain some peace of mind, as well as compensation to pay off any debts related to their death. It is strongly advised to consult a legal professional if your loved one passed away because of the actions of another.
At Peterson & Associates, P.C., our attorneys have represented plaintiffs in passenger injury claims since 1993. We have recovered more than $500 million for our clients after negligent parties have wronged them and have the real-world experience needed to pursue your claim and fight for your rights.
Contact Peterson & Associates, P.C. online today to get in touch with one of our acclaimed Kansas City attorneys about your passenger injury claim.
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