Passengers in Accidents can Recover Two Ways
If you are the passenger injured in an automobile accident or any other accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your pain and suffering and get your medical bills paid in two distinctly different ways. If the accident was caused by another driver, you could collect from them or their insurance company. But, if the driver of your car was at fault, you may also be able to recover directly from the driver of your car.
Traditionally, when we are in an accident and the accident is the fault of the driver of the car that his us or otherwise caused the accident, we make a claim against that driver. That person's insurance covers the claim and pays our medical bills.
What some people are unaware of is that when we are injured in an accident that is the fault of the driver of the car we were riding in, we may be able to make a claim directly against that person. As the claimant, we don't need to have insurance or a driver's license to make this type of claim. All we need is to have suffered an injury and to get medical treatment.
Here is an example: Let's say you go on a date. The date picks you up in his car. He has too much to drink and crashes the car on the way home. You are injured in the crash and seek medical attention. You will likely be able to recover your medical bills and compensation for pain and suffering from your dates' insurance carrier.
Finally, if you injured by the driver of your car and that driver does not have auto insurance, you may still be able to recover if you have your own auto insurance and have coverage under your policy for uninsured motorists like the driver of your car. Call me to find out how this works.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in an auto accident, work accident or any other injury large or small, call us with any questions:
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