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What Are My Rights as a Passenger Involved in an Auto Accident?

When you go into the passenger seat of that vehicle, we know that the last thing you thought about was what would happen if there was an accident. Unfortunately, we know that accidents happen. In fact, in California, they are common.

If you are a passenger in a vehicle accident and you get hurt, you need to know what your rights are. Was the driver of the vehicle you were in at fault or was someone else to blame? Can you get compensation for your expenses?

Edward “Skip” Babbitt wants to help you answer those questions when you need a car accident lawyer in San Diego. He will patiently work with you and go over every option available.

What Happens?

First, the silver lining, if there is such a thing in an injury accident – as a passenger in an accident, you do not have to worry about proving liability in an accident. You already know that one of the drivers involve is going to be at fault. You will not have to worry about insurance companies grilling you and trying to trip you up.

You do, however, need to make sure you follow a few steps to ensure your rights remain intact.

  • Seek medical treatment for any injuries immediately.

  • Get copies of all police reports from the accident.

  • Never skip any follow-up doctor appointments.

  • Seek advice from an attorney

Why Do You File a Claim Against?

This is a little bit tricky, depending on who was at fault.

Our default answer is that you will file a claim against both drivers’ insurance companies unless one driver was clearly not at fault. If both drivers are at fault, it is likely that the insurance companies will split the difference between them with it comes to your claim. For example, if you incur $20,000 worth of medical expenses and both parties were at fault, each insurance company will pay $10,000.

If the insurance companies cannot agree on the level of fault between the drivers, you as the passenger are going to be stuck in a waiting game.

That is where a skilled attorney can help move the process along.

What You Can Do Now

There is no reason for you to try to figure out what to do in the aftermath of an accident that you did not cause. As a passenger, you have the right to get compensation for your accident-related expenses, even if insurance companies tell you otherwise.

Did your injuries keep you from working? Did you lose income? That can complicate matters even further.

The costs of a vehicle accident can become enormous and leave you wondering what to do. Edward “Skip” Babbitt wants to help you get coverage for your medical expenses as well as other “hidden” accident expenses. When you need a San Diego car accident attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 619-543-1789 for a free consultation.