Chicago Passenger Injury Lawyers
A passenger in a car or on a motorcycle is very much at the vehicle operator’s mercy to keep them safe from collisions. A driver’s errors can quickly turn into tragedy when the vehicle collides with another car or is involved in a single-car accident.
Passengers can be seriously injured through no fault of their own because of the errors made by the vehicle’s driver or others on the road.
The law readily accepts that a passenger on a motorcycle or in a car is incapable of causing or preventing an accident. As a result, passengers are genuinely free from causing almost any type of traffic accident.
If you or s family member was injured in an auto accident as a passenger, let our law firm help you recover compensation. Our Chicago auto accident lawyers represent passengers on a contingency fee basis. Contact our team for a free consultation.
An Illinois Passenger Injury Attorney Can Help You Recover Compensation After a Chicago MVA
The attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are well aware of passengers’ dangers in Chicago car accidents. Our law firm regularly represents passengers injured in motor vehicle crashes across Illinois and stand ready to assist you or your loved one.
We perform free case evaluations and represent every injured person seeking legal advice in car accident cases, including victims of uninsured hit-and-run drivers or underinsured crashes.
Injured Passengers FAQs
What Happens to Passengers in a car Crash?
Generally, passengers are not found at fault for causing a collision, meaning they have the legal right to seek full compensation from the individual responsible for causing the crash. Certain circumstances might include passenger negligence that might dismiss a compensation claim if the passenger was found to have caused the collision.
However, passengers have the legal right to seek compensation to pay for all their medical expenses, time away from work, pain, suffering, mental anguish, and emotional distress.
What Happens When You Get Injured in a car Accident?
Nearly all car crashes are the result of someone else’s negligence. Suppose you were injured or experience property damage in a car accident. In that case, you have the legal right to seek financial compensation from the negligent driver that caused the collision.
You can file a compensation insurance claim to recoup your out-of-pocket expenses, medical bills, hospitalization costs, lost income, lost future earnings, pain, and suffering. Surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their loved one’s estate for all damages, including funeral costs and burial expenses.
What are the Most Common Injuries in a car Accident?
Many people experience whiplash when involved in a car accident, where their head whips back and forth when hit from the front, side, or behind. Other common injuries in car crashes include bone fractures, concussion, musculoskeletal injuries, internal organ damage, lacerations, traumatic brain injuries, and other bodily injuries.
Does Bodily Injury Cover Passengers in Your car?
Not all driver’s insurance policies provide sufficient liability coverage for passengers in the motorist’s vehicle. However, basic liability policies provide limited coverage for negligent drivers and passengers in other cars and trucks injured or harmed in a vehicle accident.
How do I get Money from a car Accident?
You must take specific steps when involved in a car accident to ensure you receive financial compensation from the at-fault driver responsible for causing the collision. Begin by remaining at the accident scene until law enforcement and EMT (emergency medical technicians) arrive.
Seek immediate medical care, even if you do not believe you are suffering injuries. Only a competent diagnostician can accurately identify any injuries and provide proper treatment.
Next, have others gather information from the accident scene and obtain eyewitness testimony and pertinent contact information. Report the collision to your insurance company or hire a personal injury attorney to work on your behalf.
Pay your bills and maintain a journal or diary detailing your injuries. Finally, go to every doctor’s appointment to ensure you have a precise record of how long it takes you to heal.
How are Pain and Suffering Calculated in a car Accident?
Insurance companies use their internal formulation to multiply your medical expenses by some number (likely one to five) to calculate your non-economic damages, including pain and suffering. However, a car accident attorney working on your behalf can also use their internal multiplier that will likely find a higher value to your case’s worth.
Never accept the insurance company claims adjuster’s initial settlement offer to resolve your car accident case. A car accident lawyer working a personal injury claim can ensure you receive compensation for all non-tangible damages, including mental trauma, emotional distress, loss of companionship, loss of consortium, pain, and suffering.
Your injury lawyer can review all auto insurance policies associated with the case to determine the extent of car insurance policy limits from each insurer to maximize the car accident claim. Your lawyer will review the police report, your medical treatment because, and the policy limits of your insurance coverage.
Legal rights of passengers injured in Chicago car accidents
A passenger injured in a motor vehicle accident is entitled to pursue a cause of action against all negligent parties that caused or contributed to their injuries. A passenger could look to both the vehicle driver and the operators of other vehicles involved in the collision to recover damages for their injuries.
Notably, it might be necessary to review the appropriate insurance coverage for all parties to maximize the available auto insurance coverage in more significant injury cases.
Claims Against Friends and Family for Negligent Operation of Vehicles
Let’s face it, most of us don’t ride in the car of a stranger or get on the back of a motorcycle of someone we just met. The majority of passengers are family members or friends with the driver of the vehicle.
As a result, many seriously injured passengers are hesitant to pursue a claim with the driver’s insurance carrier– let alone file a lawsuit against that person operating the vehicle involved in the collision.
Role of Auto Insurance in car Passenger Injury Claims
Despite the initial awkwardness of filing a claim against a relative or good friend, the reality is that most motor vehicle claims are paid directly by the insurance company for the driver or owner of the vehicle and not out of the driver’s personal assets.
As a party who caused an accident, the driver’s insurance company has a contractual obligation to pay for all crash-related injuries that a passenger suffered — regardless of their relationship with the driver.
Consequently, as strange as it might sound, a child/passenger in a car accident caused by a parent has a right to recover damages for their injuries, including medical expenses, pain, and suffering as well as lost wages. Similarly, one spouse has a right to recover damages from the other spouse if their negligence caused an accident.
Even if an insurance company is unwilling to settle a claim out of court, auto and motorcycle insurance policies require the company to provide an attorney for the driver in court and pay any judgment against them– all without taking any monies from the driver’s personal funds.
Children Passengers Injured in Auto Accidents
Unfortunately, children are often the passengers that are injured the most in vehicle accidents. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents are the leading killer of children in the U.S.
An experienced injury attorney can handle negotiations with the at-fault person’s insurance company directly to avoid any conflict in the close relationship. The conflict could create the needed buffer between the parents and the legal situation regarding financial compensation from someone close to them.
Hiring a Passenger Injury Attorney in Chicago, Illinois
Were you, or any family members, hurt in a passenger in a car, bus, or motorcycle accident in the Chicagoland area or anywhere in the State of Illinois? If so, it is vital to receive immediate medical attention for your injuries before speaking to an attorney specializing in passenger personal injury cases.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has successfully represented many passengers to resolve their claims against negligent drivers. Our rapid response allows us to gather crucial evidence and eyewitness accounts on how the accident occurred to determine who is at fault or responsible for the crash.
Moreover, as dedicated accident lawyers in Illinois, we are respectful of your privacy and your wishes, mainly when a claim involves a family member or friend. We will do our best to resolve matters as fairly and expeditiously as possible.
Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation.