Passengers' Rights

Serving Gainesville, Jacksonville, Atlanta areas

Being involved in a car accident as a driver is frightening enough, but when you are a passenger, you may feel even more helpless. Most passengers are totally unaware of their rights after a car accident, especially if they have suffered a serious personal injury. Our experienced attorneys at The Chestnut Firm can help you pursue the compensation you deserve from the right parties.

Understanding Your Rights

Most car accident cases involving passenger injury involving the following types of liability:

  • Stranger liability - If another motorist (not the driver of your vehicle) was at fault for causing the accident, the case is fairly simple. For example, if a drunk driver struck the vehicle you were traveling in, you have the right to pursue that person for compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
  • Friend liability - As a passenger in another person's car, it is the driver's ultimate responsibility to protect you. If your friend caused the accident, you may feel guilty about seeking compensation from them. But if you have suffered serious injuries, you should not have to face the financial and emotional trauma of your crisis alone.

If your case falls under friend liability, investigators may look into the possibility that you were culpable, in part, for the accident. For example, if your friend was obviously drunk and you allowed them to drive, you may not be able to recover compensation for your injuries. However, if your friend was negligent in a way you couldn't predict - changing lanes suddenly, failing to yield the right-of-way, speeding, and being generally negligent - you can build a case against them.

Obtaining the Compensation You Deserve

Many injured car accident victims refuse to file a case against their friend out of loyalty, afraid that such a dispute would damage their relationship. However, remember that in a car accident case, you are really seeking compensation from an insurance company. Your friend's insurance is designed to not only protect their assets, but also to provide for any injuries that they inadvertently cause in an accident.

If you have serious injuries that have left you with life-long consequences - such as spinal cord injury or brain injury - you will need financial assistance to cover long-term care, rehabilitation, therapy, and other expenses. Obtaining the compensation you deserve is essential. Whether it was a friend or a stranger that was ultimately responsible for your accident, our attorneys at The Chestnut Firm will help you navigate the legal process as gracefully as possible.

If you have been injured in a car accident as a passenger, not a driver, please contact The Chestnut Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Gainesville car accident attorneys.

We represent injured car accident victims nationwide, with offices in Gainesville and Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; and Charlotte, North Carolina.