Out of the 401, 867 total car crashes that occured in 2019 in Florida, there were a total of 65,000 innocent passengers who got injured in those accidents (Florida Traffic Crash Facts Annual Report 2019; flhsmv.gov). Passengers include anyone from a significant other who is riding shotgun, to a precious newborn baby tightly strapped in a car seat. Passengers have a right to get compensation for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident; but in order to get properly compensated, the injured individual should contact a passenger rights attorney as soon as possible.
Legal Rights Of A Passenger
If you or a loved one was a passenger in a motor vehicle, and you got injured in a traffic accident in West Palm Beach Florida, you may be able to receive full reimbursement for your medical expenses, your lost income, and any counseling needed to get back on your feet. You may also be able to recover money for property loss or damage. In order to recuperate any money for your injuries, you, as the victim, will need to prove that a driver was negligent, and you will also have to prove that the negligence was the direct cause of the accident and your injury. This means that as a passenger, you may be able to sue the driver of the vehicle you were in, or any other driver that is responsible for your injuries.
Against Whom May I File an Injury Claim?
Depending on the facts surrounding your case, a victim may file a claim against:
- The driver of the vehicle the victim was riding in.
- The insurance company of the driver of the vehicle in which the victim was riding in.
- Any other driver(s) involved in the accident and their respective insurance companies.
- The victim’s own auto insurance company.
- Anyone else responsible for the victim’s injuries.
How Do I Recover If I Sustained Injuries in an Uber or Lyft Car Ride?
Drivers who work for the prominent ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft must have specific insurance that includes coverage for death, bodily injury, and property damage. All Uber and Lyft drivers must also have Personal Injury Protection (PIP), uninsured motorist coverage (UM), and under-insured motorist coverage (UIM). Uber and Lyft typically provide these types of coverages if their driver’s personal insurance has lapsed or the driver’s personal insurance does not provide the required coverage.
Call A Passenger Rights Attorney Today!
To ensure that you get the proper compensation for your injuries, contact The Law office Of Shannon J sagan at 1800-Fla-Lawyer to schedule a free consultation with our team. We can help you hold the responsible parties liable for your injuries and take your case to court if needed.