What are the risks of filing a claim as an auto accident passenger?

View of the Back Seat of the Car Where Passengers SitMany passengers involved in car accidents hesitate before filing a lawsuit against a loved one who was driving at the time of the crash. Others may fear losing a lawsuit against the driver of the other vehicle, and may choose not to request legal assistance to avoid further financial losses.

With the assistance of an attorney, these individuals may be able to recover the costs of medical care and other damages without taking any financial risks. The fear of losing money or destroying a valued relationship, however, may unnecessarily prevent victims from receiving the compensation they deserve for their injuries.

What If I Don’t Feel Comfortable Suing a Loved One?

For many, the threat of damaging a close relationship may seem worse than bearing the financial burden of car accident injuries. This is likely, in part, due to the malicious-sounding legal terms, such as “dispute” and “settlement.” However, in personal injury cases involving motor vehicles, it is often the insurance company that the plaintiff will deal with the most. If you are considering seeking compensation for your injuries, chances are high that your loved one won’t be involved in the courtroom defense at all. Moreover, the final settlement costs will generally be covered by the insurance agency after an agreement or a ruling is reached. In fact, when the process is fully understood, relatives and friends will likely encourage you to file these claims to spare you the financial burden of covering your out-of-pocket medical costs.

What Type of Compensation Is Available?

Car accident passengers may experience significant physical pain and mental anguish after an accident. Victims are also likely to face exorbitant medical bills that cut into savings—or bills that the victim simply cannot cover alone.

While a specific settlement amount in a personal injury dispute will vary by case, an attorney can help you decide which claims to pursue based on the specific details of your claim. As a general rule, car accident victims may be eligible to receive compensation for:

  • Medical bills and expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability
  • Property damage
  • Other damages

In the event of a wrongful death, family members and the deceased individual’s next-of-kin may also file a claim on behalf of their loved one.

What If Both Parties Were at Fault?

If both drivers are found to be partially at fault in an accident, a passenger may seek compensation from each driver to cover the costs of medical attention and other losses. For instance, a driver who is found to be 10 percent at fault will often be required to cover 10 percent of the amount of your claim as the passenger. The driver who is 90 percent at fault will be required to cover the remaining amount.

Is it Worth the Risk to Hire an Attorney?

Our firm only charges attorney fees when clients are awarded compensation for their injuries or property damage. When you schedule your free consultation, you have nothing to lose.

If you have been the victim of a car accident in which someone else was in control of the vehicle, you may feel guilty for pursuing a lawsuit against your friend or relative. You may also feel intimidated by the idea of bringing a lawsuit against another driver—as well as the associated insurance companies. An attorney can help you navigate the complexities of personal injury matters with careful consideration for the fragile relationships that may be at risk during trial. The firm can also strengthen the potential of your case by standing beside you in the presence of corporate insurance representatives.

To seek the compensation you deserve and avoid the stress of pursuing your personal injury claim alone, contact the firm today. You can learn more about the firm’s recent success stories by visiting our results page.

 

Gabriel A. Assaad
Partner Gabriel Assaad represents victims of negligence and medical malpractice nationwide.