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Seeking Compensatory Damages as a Passenger in a Car Accident

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Passengers place their trust and safety into the hands of their drivers each time they climb into a car. Despite all the safety precautions drivers may take, however, car crashes still happen for different reasons. In fact, Los Angeles County alone recorded a total of 39,708 vehicular accident fatalities and injuries in 2015.

Getting involved in a car accident as a passenger can be confusing. You may not know which insurer to approach for compensation. Claiming personal injury compensation may also be more complicated when the accident happens while ridesharing.

Haffner Lawyers can help you file for personal injury claims after the accident. We have experience as an Uber car accident lawyer in Los Angeles to help smooth over the process. With us on the case, you can concentrate on recovering and returning to your daily routine. We’ll make sure you receive the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to have.

Determining the Driver at Fault

Determining which driver was at fault in a two-car accident can be a challenging and drawn-out process. If you were the passenger, however, proving liability in a car crash will be less difficult than if you were a driver.

Filing a passenger injury claim is similar to filing other types of car accident claims. The difference is that unless it’s clear which of the concerned parties is responsible for the crash, you’ll have to file for compensation claims against both parties involved.

Filing a Claim with the Other Driver’s Insurance Company

Filing a lawsuit against the other driver and triggering his or her insurance coverage is usually the first option when seeking compensation as a passenger in a car accident.

Drivers are required to have a minimum car insurance coverage in nearly every state. In California, the minimum drivers should have for Bodily Injury Liability coverage is $15,000 for one person and $30,000 for multiple persons.

There are times when the other driver’s insurance company refuses to pay compensation unless there is a clear guilty driver, though. An attorney can help you get compensation or a settlement without waiting months to determine the responsible party.

Filing a Claim with Your Driver’s Insurance Company

Pursuing a compensation claim against a friend or family member who was driving the car you were riding may be uncomfortable. Remember that you’re not suing them or going after their money. Instead, you’re pursuing a valid personal injury claim from their insurance provider.

In case you were riding an Uber or using another ridesharing service, you may need to file two compensation claims — one against your Uber driver’s insurance firm and another against the company’s insurance provider.

A reliable personal injury lawyer can provide the guidance you need and facilitate a smoother negotiation to ensure you receive compensation.

Compensation You Can Receive

It’s sometimes tough figuring out which type of compensation you are owed after a car accident. Haffner Law attorneys help you determine which of the following apply:

  • Lost wages due to inability to work
  • Lost or damaged property
  • Current and future health expenses
  • Pain and suffering or other non-economic damage

We provide free, no-obligation personal injury consultations or case reviews. We’ll aggressively fight for your right to receive full compensation to ensure your quality of life while you recover. Contact us today.

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