Injured passengers are entitled to the exact same legal rights as injured drivers. If the wreck in which you were injured was caused by someone else’s negligence, that is, either the driver of the vehicle in which you are a passenger, or another vehicle, you will have the right to recover from that driver compensation for the damages caused.
Almost always, an injured passenger will have a claim against the driver of the vehicle in which he or she occupies, the driver of another vehicle, or some combination of both. Who will be the recipient of the claim will depend on who was at-fault. Unfortunately, like in many cases, who was liable for the wreck will be a hotly contested issue.
This is why it is important for the injured passenger to place the insurance company of all the drivers involved on notice of a potential claim. Failure to place the companies on notice may have unfortunate consequences for your claim.
Often, the passenger will have a claim against the passenger’s loved one or family member. This can make things particularly awkward. However, it is important to remember that compensation for injuries is not to be taken personally. Almost all drivers pay into liability insurance, and it is there for when we need it, regardless of who caused the wreck.
If you or a loved one have been injured while a passenger in a car wreck, and your not sure who was at fault or what to do next, then please, feel free to call and speak to one of our experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers today for a free case evaluation.