An injured passenger will always prevail against the party who caused the accident.
Sometimes an injured passenger in a car accident does not know how the accident occurred and who to blame. However, an injured passenger will always prevail against the driver or drivers who are responsible for the accident.
Passengers who are injured in an automobile accident can have a direct claim against the operator of the vehicle in which they were a passenger, even though it might be a family member or close friend. An injured passenger may also have a claim against the operator of another vehicle, if that is who caused the accident. It is important, however, that the insurance company for the operator of the vehicle in which the passenger was seated, and the insurance company for the operator of the vehicle that may have caused the accident, be put on notice of the claim.
An injured passenger is, for the most part, entitled to the same rights under the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law as the operator of the vehicle. If the passenger does not own a vehicle, and does not live with a resident relative who owns a vehicle, the passenger will qualify for medical benefits under the operator’s PIP insurance coverage. After the PIP coverage is exhausted, the passenger’s health insurance will then be the next level of insurance. It is very important for a passenger to contact a personal injury lawyer early on to address the coverage issues and who should be put on notice of the accident.
An Injured Passenger Should Seek Medical Treatment Immediately
It is very important that an injured passenger seeks medical treatment immediately after an accident. Fox Law can guide the passenger through the medical treatment process.
If a passenger owns their own vehicle, that passenger’s coverage election of limited tort or full tort will control the passenger’s ability to make a claim for pain and suffering. If the passenger has no insurance, the passenger is deemed to be full tort and can make a claim for pain and suffering even though he or she has not suffered a serious impairment of bodily function.
An Injured Passenger of Uber, Lyft, and other Commercial Vehicles
If the injured passenger is the victim of an Uber accident, Lyft accident, taxi, or other commercial vehicle accident, the passenger is deemed to be full tort. A passenger’s claim has many legal issues which should not be navigated without first retaining an experienced personal injury lawyer. Do not communicate with any insurance company until you have spoken to a lawyer. Do not provide recorded statements to any insurance company. If you do, those statements can be used against you later, especially if during the interview, you said you felt fine and then after the interview, you developed more significant injuries. This creates an uphill battle for your claim from the start.
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