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I was a passenger in a car accident in New Jersey. Can I sue to recover for my injuries?

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Passengers can suffer serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident. Many individuals may not understand their rights as a passenger. In these car accidents, an injured passenger may be able to recover compensation from the driver of the vehicle they were riding in, as well as and the driver of the other vehicle. 

Frequently, individuals are injured in accidents while riding with a friend or family member. Many injury victims may hesitate to seek compensation in these circumstances. It is important to understand that a personal injury claim seeks compensation from the insurance carrier, not a personal acquaintance or member of the family. The driver paid insurance premiums to obtain financial protection in case of an accident. It is fair and just for passengers to seek compensation – and hold the insurance provider accountable for their obligation to pay under the insurance policy. 

Family Members Need Independent Representation 

It is also critical for injured passengers to seek their own independent counsel after an accident involving a family member. For instance, a husband and wife injured in a motor vehicle accident may likely have differing claims. The passenger was not in control of the vehicle, and it may be in the family’s overall best interest to keep the driver’s and passenger’s personal injury claims separate to benefit the entire family in resolving insurance disputes. 

Passengers can suffer injury in all manner of motor vehicle accidents, including: 

  • Car crashes
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Rideshare wrecks 

Unique Issues May Arise After An Uber Accident 

Rideshare accidents pose additional issues when passengers suffer injury. Uber and Lyft have their own insurance coverage, but they work hard to deny passengers the compensation they deserve. Passengers in Lyft or Uber accidents often may not know where to turn to initiate the claims process. The rideshare companies are not likely to assist injury victims in obtaining meaningful compensation for their injuries. An experienced motor vehicle attorney can help you to properly file the necessary paperwork and fight to protect your interests. 

Act Promptly After A Car Accident To Protect Interests

It is vital to seek the assistance of a car accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. Medical bills can pile up quickly. Getting proper medical care at every step is crucial during this pivotal time. An attorney can guide you through the process, help to address the incoming medical bills and fight to maximize compensation. You need to focus on recovering from significant injuries. Having experienced legal counsel in your corner can help to ensure that your financial stability – and recovery – are a part of putting your life back together.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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