If You’re Injured as a Passenger, Can You Sue the Driver?
Most people think of auto accident claims as cases where two vehicles collide and the injured driver sues the at-fault driver. But in many cases, vehicles contain multiple occupants, and sometimes, passengers suffer serious injuries because the people driving them were negligent behind the wheel.
If you were recently injured while riding as a passenger in someone else’s vehicle, it’s important to note that you can file a compensation claim against the at-fault driver—even if that driver was sitting right next to you at the time of the crash. At Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers, we know that some auto accident victims are hesitant to do this, as the driver may be a coworker, friend, or family member.
However, unless you file a compensation claim against the at-fault driver, you’ll be stuck paying for your bills and lost wages out of pocket. It’s also important to remember that at-fault drivers typically don’t pay for settlements out of pocket. Instead, their auto insurance policies pay the bills of the people they injure.
That means you should never be reluctant to file a claim because you’re afraid of the financial ramifications that it will have on the driver. It’s better to make the insurance company responsible for the costs of your accident rather than taking the brunt of your medical bills and lost paychecks on your own.