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What Rights Do Passengers Have in Car Accidents?

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Recovering Damages as a Passenger

Whether you are using a rideshare service or carpooling with a friend, every passenger has some level of trust in a driver and expectation that they will arrive at their destination safely. However, when you're involved in a motor vehicle accident and sustain an injury, it can be difficult to discern who should be held responsible for paying your medical bills.

Read on to learn about what rights passengers are entitled to after becoming injured in a crash.

Who is Held Responsible?

As an injured passenger, the person found at fault for the accident can be held liable for damages and the harm caused to you. This is likely the driver you are in the car with or the one in another vehicle.

If you choose to pursue legal action against the at-fault driver, you will want to work with an experienced car accident attorney. They can help you understand the process and what damages you may be able to recover, which can include but are not limited to:

  • Present and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages or earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

It's important to remember that a passenger has the same right to compensation for injuries as a driver. Since Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage is required for all motorists in Florida, your medical expenses may be covered by your driver regardless of fault.

Wrongful Death Cases

In cases where the passenger sustained fatal injuries, the family may be able to recover damages. These can include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

It's important to remember that multiple parties may be held responsible for a wrongful death claim. To better understand this process, contact Politis & Matovina, P.A. to discuss with a member of our team

We are Here to Help You.

No passenger or driver should be left defenseless against negligent roadway users that cause them significant harm. If a motor vehicle accident left you injured, know that you have a right to seek compensation against the at-fault driver.

To discuss your legal options with an experienced, award-winning attorney, call (386) 333-6613 or fill out this short form to schedule a free consultation.