If you were a passenger involved in a car accident, you generally have an easier case to prove than the driver does. Why? Because as a passenger, you do not have to worry about proving liability because one of the drivers will likely be liable.
Passenger Injury Case in a One-Car Accident
Many passengers are hesitant about bringing a claim against the driver in a one-car accident because they are a friend, co-worker, or relative. However, if you were injured that is the only way you can obtain compensation. Calling an attorney initially for a consultation is important. Indiana is a comparative fault state, and the insurance company and their attorneys will frequently try to assign some blame to the passenger, using this to reduce the amount of their settlement. Also in Indiana, you cannot bring a claim against certain relatives.
Passenger Injury Case in a Two-Car Accident
There may be some disagreement over liability between the two insurance companies, which can unnecessarily delay the passenger’s settlement. If the dispute cannot be resolved the passenger would need to bring a claim against both drivers.
Multiple Passenger Injury Claims
Each of the injured parties will file claims against the negligent driver. Frequently the total value of the injury cases exceeds the driver’s insurance. Then each injured person will either have to settle with the negligent driver for less than what their case may be worth, or file a lawsuit because the insurance company cannot settle the claim. When there are multiple claimants settlements are frequently also delayed until they are all in a position to evaluate their injuries.
Contact Indiana Attorney Merry Fountain
If you have been injured in an auto accident, your main concern should always be on your physical and mental recovery. However, it is critical to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
If you were injured in a car accident call the Fountain Law Firm – we are here to help! Indianapolis personal injury lawyer Merry Fountain is a skilled injury advocate. Our office is available 24/7 and consultations are always free, in depth, and given by Merry Fountain personally. Merry Fountain advocates fiercely for her clients and understands how challenging it can be to navigate the court system. We want to help you, and will meet with you in our office or come to your home.
Call Merry Fountain anytime at 1-888-242-HURT (4878) for a free consultation.