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Compensation For Passengers Injured In Auto Accidents

A passenger in a car involved in an accident can get seriously injured; in some cases these injuries can be more serious than those sustained by the driver depending on where the passenger is located. If a passenger is injured while traveling with a family member or a friend, the passenger may hesitate to seek compensation from the driver. However, the nature of the injuries sustained may be such that the passenger incurs astronomical medical costs that are beyond his medical insurance, as well as other economic damages. In these cases, an injured passenger may want to explore ways in which he can get help.

The first step to take if you are involved in a car accident is to check if everyone is ok. Even when you initially feel fine at the scene of the accident, it is very important to get checked out by doctor as soon as possible. There are injuries that can be sustained during an accident that may be felt days after the leaving the scene of the accident. If a doctor examines you as soon as possible, she may catch injuries that you may not have known you sustained; for example, you may be suffering from a concussion and not know it. Therefore, whether you are a passenger or a driver, seeing a doctor is an important first step.

A visit to the doctor also serves to document your injuries should you later seek compensation from the driver who caused the accident. Ohio law looks to the driver at fault in determining whose insurance is responsible in the event of an accident. If the at-fault driver has insurance, the insurance would provide compensation to the other driver and any passengers present in the car at the time of the accident.

However, not every driver on the roads is properly insured or even insured at all. If a passenger is in an accident as a result of negligence by an uninsured or underinsured driver, the passenger still has additional avenues for compensation. The passenger can receive compensation from the insurance company of the driver he was traveling with depending on the insurance coverage the driver carries. Additionally, if the passenger is listed as an insured driver on another automobile insurance policy, his policy may cover him for injuries sustained even though he was traveling in another person’s vehicle. Compensation under policies other than that of the at-fault driver depends on the coverage options of the policyholders.

An injured passenger may also decide to receive compensation through a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver who caused the accident, and even include the driver of the car the passenger was traveling in as a defendant depending on the circumstances of the accident. If either driver was driving a company car in the course of business, the passenger may also receive compensation from the company.

Contact a Columbus Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured in a car accident as a passenger or a driver, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to handle your claim while you concentrate on recovering. Contact Columbus personal injury attorney Ed Schottenstein of the Schottenstein Law Offices at (614) 467-8474 for a free and confidential consultation today.