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Can Passengers recover in Car Accidents?

Most people are aware that when they are injured while driving a car, they may be entitled to compensation from the responsible party. However, many people wonder if they are entitled to that same compensation if they are injured as a passenger in a vehicle. Fortunately, Georgia law allows anyone who is injured due to someone else’s negligence to recover for their losses, whether they are a driver or passenger. Passenger cases may have some additional legal issues, however, so you should always contact a Palmetto auto accident attorney for assistance with a possible case.

Passengers may suffer injury due to many of the same kinds of negligence as drivers. Some examples of negligence that causes passenger injury include:

 

  • Errors on the part of other drivers

  • Dangerous road conditions

  • Mechanical failures of the vehicle

 

However, in addition to the above, a passenger may also suffer injury due to the negligence of the driver of the vehicle in which they are riding.  

This type of case may get delicate if the driver of the vehicle is a friend or other close acquaintance. You may not want to bring a legal claim against someone you know and like. If you do not want to file a lawsuit, your best chance of recovery is through their insurance company. However, insurance companies will always try to settle cases for as little as possible. Even if you do not want to file a claim in court, an attorney can help you communicate and negotiate with insurance companies to receive the settlement you deserve.

Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

Passengers who suffer injury in motor vehicle accidents have just as much of a right to recover for their losses as drivers do. While cases involving passengers may have some unique legal issues, the auto accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Shane Smith have extensive experience handling this type of case. If you have been injured in an accident, call our office at (770) 487-8999 to schedule your free consultation today.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia