When driver negligence causes another person harm, including their passenger — who had no control over the operation of the vehicle — the at-fault party can be held liable for the injured person's losses.
Like most cases, however, things can become complicated once the insurance companies get involved and begin placing blame on each other's policyholders.
When our personal injury attorneys in Chicago represent an injured passenger, we route all communication through our office, so our client does not have to talk to the insurance representative directly, without our lawyers by their side protecting their rights.
Because even if you were the passenger and were in no way involved in the crash's cause, the insurance company is going to do everything they can to delay, undervalue, or even deny your injury claim.
We can help.
Which Driver is Liable for a Passenger's Personal Injuries in Illinois?
Like most car accident personal injury claims, the negligent driver should be held liable for the passenger's injuries.
That could mean the driver who was operating the vehicle the passenger was in, or another third party who was negligently operating their vehicle and caused the crash.
In some instances, we may be able to make a claim against the policies of both drivers involved in the auto accident, or in other circumstances, the passenger's own insurer. This is especially true if the coverage of one driver's policy is inadequate to cover the injured person's expenses.
To ensure you are pursuing the insurance policy — or policies — that will fully compensate you for each of your recovery needs, contact our skilled car accident attorneys in Chicago today to discuss your case during a free consultation.
What Type of Damages Can I Recover Through a Passenger Injury Claim?
Each car accident and the resulting injuries is unique and requires a full evaluation of your financial recovery needs to ensure no detail is left to chance during our negotiations with the liable party's insurance company.
That may include:
- Past and future medical costs and expenses
- Lost wages and loss of future earning capacity
- Physical, mental, and emotional distress
- Loss of affection and companionship
- Disability or loss of normal life
If you have been injured in a traffic collision as a passenger, contact our experienced Chicago car accident attorneys at Mancini Law Group P.C by phone at 773-745-1909 or online to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case today. Your need for justice is our passion for justice.