3 Tips for Passengers Injured in a Car Accident

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You’re in riding along as a passenger in someone else’s vehicle, and then bam! An accident happens. What should you do? Being an injured passenger after a car accident can leave you feeling helpless. After all, you weren’t driving, and your insurance isn’t responsible. Remember, you’re not at fault, although you can still be the victim of an injury that occurred in the accident. It may leave you wondering what to do next. The Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., is ready to help you through this troubling time.

Despite what many people think, passengers involved in a car accident that they had no active role in causing still have every right to receive financial compensation for their injuries.

The Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., is an experienced law firm in these matters. If you were injured as a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a wreck, here’s what to do next.

  1. Get information from all drivers involved. Just because you weren’t driving doesn’t mean you should be excluded from the exchange of information. That means gathering information from both drivers and obtain a copy of the police report. That should cover all of your information bases. Injuries mean medical bills, but it also means lost wages and so much more. You are not at fault, so those will fall under the responsibility of whoever was at fault in the accident.
  2. File an injured passenger claim. If you are unaware of what this is, it’s a claim similar to a car accident claim. You simply file it under both drivers’ insurance. Let their insurance company duke it out. You can choose to file a passenger injury claim with only one insurance company if the fault is very apparent. However, determining fault may not be as cut and dry as you think.
  3. HIRE A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER. Insurance companies can dispute fault for a while. If neither company wants to claim responsibility for your injuries, then an experienced personal injury lawyer is the only valid option for you.

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Maybe you or someone you love was injured as a passenger in a vehicle. Unfortunately, accidents happen, but your life can’t be held on pause while you suffer. You will still have your normal everyday bills and now added medical expenses.

Filing a lawsuit for additional damages may be the route you need to take to ensure you receive the proper compensation you deserve. Remember, it is not your fault. In some cases, even if you do not need to take your claim to court, an attorney can make filing the claim easier. Not to mention, it may make the insurance companies more compliant if they know you are serious. The Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., are here for you. Contact us today if you need help with a personal injury claim by calling (276) 451-2056 to schedule a free consultation. We provide legal services to Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport, TN, as well as Bristol, VA.