Legal Rights of Injured Passengers in Louisiana Car Accidents
Have you been injured in a car accidentwhere you were not the driver? You may be wondering what your options are. In addition to your right to recover under your own insurance policy, you may have the right to recover compensation for your injuries under the driver’s insurance policy.
If you have a close relationship with the driver of the vehicle, you may feel uncomfortable filing a claim against a relative, friend or co-worker. However, you need to remember that it is the individual’s insurance company that will pay you for your injuries, not them. That is the reason we all buy insurance: to have a safety net when we suffer serious injuries, expensive property damage or death.
Tip: The driver may ask you not to file a claim under his or her insurance out of fear that her insurance premiums will go and offer to pay you out of pocket instead. But before you agree to this, you should make sure that the proposed payment covers all of your expenses for medical treatment and pain and suffering.
As a passenger injured in a car accident, you have the right to recover the same types of damages available to the driver of a vehicle, including adequate compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost income. If another driver caused the accident, you may bring your own claim against the driver of the other vehicle.
What To Do If You Are Injured as a Passenger in a Vehicle
As you can see, personal injury cases can get complicated, and when you are the passenger, you have important rights that you should not overlook. If you were seriously injured in a car accident as a passenger, you may be able to recover damages against all drivers who were at fault.
The attorneys at Finch Davis have represented dozens of passengers who have been injured in car accidents. When you hire us to take your case we take care of everything, including:
- Investigating the accident
- Obtaining witness statements
- Determining the cause of the car accident
- Figuring out any other factors involved in the car accident
- Collecting evidence and details to build your case
- Protecting your rights
- Standing up to the insurance companies
- Helping you understand and deal with your medical bills, statements and paperwork
The law firm of Finch Davis represents passengers who have suffered serious injuries in motor vehicle accidents. If you or a loved one suffered an injury as a passenger in a car accident, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you recover adequate compensation for your injuries. Our initial consultation is always free, and you don’t have to pay any legal fees to us until we win your case. To get started, give us a call at (225) 925-9368 or click the button below to submit your case online.