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What Are The Financial Options of Passengers in Car Accidents?

By Lisa LeeFebruary 10, 2024April 10th, 2024No Comments

There’s so much discussion around the dangers of driving, but the dangers are equally real for passengers. Whether in the front or the back, you have legal options for recovering financially when you are a passenger in a car accident. Fortunately, in most cases, you would likely be able to recover damages for your injuries as a passenger. However, passenger injury claims stemming from car accidents can get more complicated. Whether a driver or a passenger, insurance companies will always try to avoid paying at all and then seek to pay as little as possible which is one of the many reasons why working with an experienced car accident lawyer is essential no matter what seat in the car you were riding in!

What Do You Need to Prove the Cause of the Accident?

To start, who caused the accident? The answer to this question is not always just one person but can be many, which can be helpful because it means there are potentially more available insurance funds. Ultimately the how and why of the accident needs to be proved to establish the negligence of various parties. Washington is a comparative negligence state which means that while you can still file a winning lawsuit if you played a role in your accident, your compensation will be reduced accordingly. For instance, if you weren’t wearing your seatbelt at the time of the crash, the other party will argue that you contributed to making your injuries worse and seek to reduce your payout accordingly.

Possible Negligent Parties

This could be any party that has a hand in causing the crash:

  • The driver of the car you were riding in
  • Another driver
  • Third-party driver when it is a multi-vehicle accident
  • A city or state or other government entity

Get Lawyers to Help with your Accident Claim

If you were a passenger hurt in a vehicle accident, you’re typically entitled to get compensated for your injuries. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you file a suit and help you get the most money possible. Contact us today to get started—we take all our cases on a contingency fee basis so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain from working with us!