Can I Sue as an Injured Passenger in a California Car Accident?

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Injured as a Passenger in a California Car Accident? You Have Legal Rights

Injured as a Passenger in a California Car Accident? You Have Legal Rights

Jan 11, 2024

If you suffer a car accident injury as a driver, knowing how to file a civil claim for financial compensation is likely a straightforward concept. As a passenger, however, do you know your rights? Can you file a claim if your friend was driving and you experienced an injury that will cause you to miss work, be saddled with medical bills, and deal with long-term pain & suffering?

Can I Sue as an Injured Passenger in a California Car Accident?

Dordulian Law Group’s car accident lawyers are standing by 24/7 to discuss your case – confidentially, without any charge, and without any obligation. Call us today at 866-GO-SEE-SAM to take the first step towards making a full recovery – physically and financially.

Can I get financial compensation if I was injured in a car accident as a passenger?

Let’s take a look at how to file your personal injury claim as a passenger. We’ll provide all the information you need on protecting your right to maximum financial compensation, including how to secure the best Los Angeles-area attorney for your case.

California law allows passengers injured in accidents due to another driver’s negligence to recover compensation (even if the driver was your friend and operating the vehicle you were in as a passenger). A personal injury civil suit with Dordulian Law Group (DLG) is the best way to get maximum compensation for losses suffered as a passenger in a Los Angeles car crash.

Determining fault and how to proceed with your claim without the help of an experienced car accident attorney is not advisable. Our proven attorneys have decades of experience helping victims like you secure maximum financial compensation.

If I was a passenger, who is responsible for my car accident injury?

The driver or drivers who caused the crash can be held liable for your injuries. When a car accident is the result of negligence – whether distracted driving, speeding, etc. – the at-fault party is named as the defendant in a civil claim.

It is also important to note that, depending on your situation, you may have the option of filing a claim with your own insurance company (in addition to filing a claim with the insurance company of the party at fault).

A free consultation with an attorney at DLG is the best way to find out who is responsible for your injuries as a car accident passenger. We will review your case and discuss your legal options during the free consultation phase of the civil litigation process. We will also explain to you your rights as a car accident passenger and review how long your case may take to reach a successful cash settlement.

What if I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt and was injured as a passenger?

What if I wasn't wearing my seatbelt and was injured as a passenger?

You may be entitled to financial compensation if you were injured in a car crash as a passenger – whether the at-fault party was operating the vehicle you were riding in (or another vehicle).

However, there are certain scenarios that can impact the outcome of an injury claim for passengers:

  • You were not wearing a seatbelt when the accident occurred (and this played a role in the crash).
  • You were in a car and knew that the driver was drunk at the time of the accident.
  • You entered into the vehicle knowing it was dangerous to travel (inclement weather, etc.).

If any of these factors apply to your case, you should consult a personal injury attorney to determine if you have a claim for financial compensation. California is a state that allows for comparative fault – meaning multiple parties can share a portion of overall liability. However, this means you can still recover compensation even if you might have contributed to the accident in some way.

What should I do if I am injured as a passenger in a car accident?

It is important to undergo a medical exam by a licensed doctor after a car crash injury, whether you were a driver or a passenger. Medical treatment will ensure that your health and well-being are addressed. Additionally, a medical exam provides you with the documentation you will need to secure the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries.

Always undergo an exam for any injuries sustained in a passenger car accident – even those that may seem minor initially or not show any immediate symptoms.

Once your health has been attended to, take as many of the following steps as possible:

  • Contact your local police and file an official report.
  • Take pictures of the driver’s licenses of all parties involved.
  • All involved vehicles should be identified by their license plates.
  • Get contact information for any witnesses.
  • Take pictures and videos at the accident site.
  • Photograph your injuries.
  • Don’t make any statements to the insurance company unless a DLG attorney is present.
  • For a free consultation, contact a DLG lawyer with experience handling car accident cases by calling 866-GO-SEE-SAM.

How Much is my passenger car accident case worth?

As a California passenger who has been injured in an automobile accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation through a cash settlement. Your ability to recover damages will be determined by the specific facts of your accident injury case.

Damages can be classified into three types: economic, punitive, and non-economic.

– Economic damages for passenger car accidents include:

  • Hospital and medical bills
  • Physical therapy or rehabilitation expenses
  • Lost Wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Property damage

– Non-economic damages for passenger car accidents include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Psychological harm
  • Reduced quality of life

DLG will also fight for punitive damages in cases where they are available. California does not cap punitive damages, but they are usually only awarded when there is serious negligence on the part the defendant (or a disregard for the life of others).

Should I hire a lawyer after a passenger car accident injury?

To get the compensation you deserve, negligence needs to be proven. DLG’s car accident attorneys can assist you in pursuing damages that are difficult to quantify, including emotional trauma and pain & suffering.

You can rest assured that we will not settle for less than the maximum financial damages for your passenger vehicle accident injury lawsuit.

Hiring a car accident attorney to handle your injury case can be a major advantage. Car accident victims who hire private lawyers often receive significantly greater financial compensation:

  • Their settlements are 40% higher.
  • When compared with those who represented themselves, the average insurance payout for injured victims was 3.5x higher.
  • Victims with private legal representation secure 85% of the money that insurance companies pay for bodily injuries.
    • Consultations for passenger car accident cases are always confidential and free at DLG. We will review your case and work tirelessly to protect your rights and get you the maximum financial damages you deserve. We provide legal services to passengers who have been injured in auto accidents across California.

      Contact the best Los Angeles, California, car accident lawyers today

      DLG has been a leader in the field of personal injury and car accidents for more than 25 years. We have a proven track record of securing maximum compensation for our clients. Our firm has helped injured victims recover over $100,000,000 in settlements, verdicts, and damages awards while maintaining an almost perfect 98% success rate.

      You will never receive a bill for any upfront fees or be responsible for any out-of-pocket expenses with DLG. And you will not be charged a cent if we do not recover a cash settlement for your passenger injury claim. Either we win or you don’t pay; it’s that simple.

      Our experienced attorneys can help you pursue a financial award for your personal injury case. Contact us online or by phone for a free consultation today.

      You owe yourself the opportunity to seek maximum financial compensation if you have been injured as a passenger in a California auto accident due to negligence. Call 866-GO-SEE-SAM today to speak with a member of our team. We are here to answer your questions, support you throughout the legal process, and fight for justice on your behalf.

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