What to Do if You are Injured in a Car Accident As a Passenger?
If you are injured in a car accident as a passenger, you might be concerned about what your rights are as a passenger vehicle occupant. Missouri uses the “comparative fault law“, meaning, if a valid passenger injury claim in St. Louis is brought, the negligent driver is liable for damages. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, this could apply to both the not-at-fault driver and occupants in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
Passenger Injuries | St. Louis Car Accident Lawyers
Car accidents happen every day, for many different reasons. If you suffered injuries in a car accident as a passenger, you could be eligible to sue the at-fault driver for damages. Depending on factors, such as what caused the accident, which driver is responsible for causing the crash, the severity of your injuries, and whether the negligent driver carries insurance, you could claim compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage, and other expenses that stemmed from your injuries.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while passenger vehicle drivers are the most likely car accident victims, an estimated 17% of car accident fatalities in 2018 were passengers, which translates to roughly 6,368 passenger-related fatalities. Fatal passenger injuries in Missouri account for 556 fatalities in 2014, while thousands of non-fatal car accident injury claims are made each year. The most common passenger injuries in Missouri include:
In most accidents, if the at-fault driver has bodily injury or property damage coverage under their insurance policy, their insurance company covers passenger damages, but in situations that involve an uninsured or underinsured driver, or a rideshare driver, it can be challenging to discern the options available as a passenger.
Filing a Passenger Injury Claim in St. Louis
If you suffer injuries as a passenger in a car accident, under Missouri’s Statute of Limitations, you could be entitled to compensation. Typically, with proof of injuries, evidence of the accident, the other party’s information, and a St. Louis Passenger Injury Lawyer, victims can recover compensation for a portion of, if not all, damages in an accident. However, it’s often more difficult to pursue a car accident claim if the situation involves an uninsured driver or a third-party.
In passenger injury claims that involve an uninsured or underinsured at-fault driver, the at-fault driver can be sued directly, with help from an experienced lawyer, for damages not covered by their insurance policy. Generally, passenger injury claims in St. Louis are settled through negotiation, but in cases that involve unclear fault, or the at-fault driver refuses to accept responsibility, damages can be recovered by pursuing a lawsuit.
Filing a claim for passenger injuries caused in a third-party accident, such as a Lyft or Uber accident involves an additional step, in that, instead of filing a suit directly against the other party or their insurance policy, rideshare injury claims must initially be reported to the rideshare company, and from there, the business’ insurance company will handle negotiations for your case.
Passenger Injury Lawyers in Missouri
Car accidents are never easy to deal with, but suffering an injury as a passenger in a crash can be even more difficult. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a speeding accident or a drunk driving accident as a passenger and needs help filing a passenger injury claim in Missouri, the Dixon Injury Firm specializes in recovering compensation for motorcycle, truck, and car accident claims in St. Louis.
The Dixon Injury Firm’s St. Louis Car Accident Lawyers have fought for (and won) settlements for countless victims in Missouri. Whether you are seeking compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, or other damages, the Dixon Injury Firm will do everything in its power to recover the highest settlement for your passenger injury claim in St. Louis. Christopher Dixon has been named a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers Association and his efforts have recovered over $35,000,000 in settlements and recoveries.
If you are interested in learning more about how Chris Dixon and the St. Louis Car Accident Lawyers at the Dixon Injury Firm can benefit your passenger injury claim, call (314) 409-7060, 855-40-CRASH (toll-free), or contact the Dixon Injury Firm today for a free case review or consultation.