Passenger Rights in Car Accidents
Palm Springs Car Accident Attorney
When you are in a motor vehicle accident in California, you have rights, even as a passenger! If you were injured in a car accident that was at the fault of another, whether it be a friend driving or a stranger in another car, then you could be eligible to seek out compensation. With passenger rights there are two main types of cases including friend liability and stranger liability.
- Friend liability- This is in cases where you were the passenger in your friend's vehicle and they were at fault for the accident. In cases like this you must still remember that no matter who the driver is, they are responsible for your safety. You should not feel guilty or afraid to seek compensation from your friend for your injuries. You must think about your emotional, physical, and financial well-being and how failing to recover compensation could affect that.
- Stranger Liability- This is where another motorist in a separate vehicle causes the accident. The most common cases of stranger liability are where the other driver is driving under the influence and collides with the vehicle you are riding in. Whether it was a drunk driving accident, a rear-end accident, or any other type of collision, you have a right to file an injury lawsuit against that person for compensatory damages.
Seeking Restitution for Injured Passengers
In far too many friend liability cases we see injured passengers shy away from filing a claim for compensation out of loyalty to their friend. If you are afraid that filing an injury claim against your friend will have a negative impact on your friendship, remember that the person you’re really filing a claim against is their insurance company. In almost all car accident cases, it’s the attorneys that end up paying and sending in lawyers to try and mitigate your claim. Your friend purchased insurance specifically for these kinds of situations and they should be responsible for compensating your pain and suffering.
If you or someone you loved has sustained serious injuries while riding in someone else's vehicle, be sure to seek out legal counsel in helping your recover financial assistance. You could be compensated for:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses as a result of your injury
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
Experience Makes all the Difference
Searching for a lawyer for a passenger rights case in Palm Springs? Here at Barry Regar APLC, we take on both friend liability and stranger liability cases and we are well-versed in California passenger rights. With over 40 years of experience, we have been able to assist thousands in their car accident and personal injury claims. In fact, we have already recovered over $79 million for past clients, which makes us proud members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
When you work with our firm there is no fee unless we recover compensation, so call (760) 440-5643 for a free consultation today to get started on your case. Contact our Palm Springs office today to speak with Palm Springs car accident lawyer Barry Regar.