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Sustaining an injury as a passenger in your friend’s car can put you in an uncomfortable situation. You want to ensure your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages are paid for but do not want to damage your relationship with your friend. Fortunately, you can collect compensation without putting your friendship at risk.
There are a number of parties that may be liable if you were hurt in a car accident as a passenger. These parties include:
Your Friend Will Not Have to Pay for Damages Out-of-Pocket
It is understandable that you do not want your friend to be left with the financial burden of paying for your damages. However, it is essential you realize that if you file a claim against them, they will not have to pay for your damages out-of-pocket. Their insurer will be the one liable for compensating you.
While it is true that your friend may experience increased insurance premiums, this will likely occur anyway when other passengers file a claim or they attempt to seek compensation for their own property damage.
Seek Legal Representation
Since there are a number of parties that may be responsible for the car accident, if you are hurt as a passenger while your friend was behind the wheel, you should contact an attorney right away. They can investigate your case, help you determine liability, and increase your chances of securing the maximum compensation you may be entitled to. Remember you have rights as a passenger and there is no reason to pay your medical bills and other damages if you were not the one who caused the crash.
Contact Our Hinsdale Car Accident Lawyers
If you have suffered an injury as a passenger in a car accident, it is in your best interest to contact our experienced DuPage County car accident lawyers. Call us today at 630-920-8855 for a free consultation.