Is the Driver Liable if the Passenger is Injured in Pennsylvania Car Accident?
Passengers that are severely injured in a car accident should understand their rights when it comes to pursuing compensation for their injuries. Fortunately, there are only so many people that could be responsible for the passenger’s injuries. This will make it easier for the passenger to pursue a lawsuit if necessary. If you were a passenger in a car accident and you wish to file a lawsuit for your injuries, contact an experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyer today. The Reiff Law Firm recognizes the uncertainty that a person may experience if they are seriously injured as a passenger in a car accident, and we are here to help you resolve this issue. Our firm is here to explain whether a driver is liable for an injured passenger in a car accident.
Determining Liability for Injuries to a Passenger
A passenger that suffers a serious injury in a car accident will want to know who is responsible for causing their injuries. Liability for the car accident may change depending on the circumstances of the case.
If a passenger is injured when the driver is involved in a two-car accident, it is obvious that there are only two parties that could be held liable for the accident. If you believe that the at-fault driver was the one that struck the vehicle that you occupied, you should request information from that driver. This information should include their driver’s license, contact information, their insurance company, and the make and model of their vehicle.
Alternatively, if you believe your injuries were the caused by the driver you shared a car with, you may need to resolve your claim with this driver. If the driver that injured you was family, there is a possibility that their insurance policy has a provision that protects injured passengers that are family.
In certain cases, the driver of a vehicle may not be liable for the injuries sustained by a passenger. For example, if a person was driving on a dark road and a deer suddenly jumped into the road and struck the vehicle, this may be an unforeseeable event the driver is not responsible for.
Before you make a claim with the insurance company of either driver, you should ensure that you are aware of the full extent of your injuries. Receive medical attention for your injuries even if you do not feel that you are seriously injured. You may have sustained an injury that may become aggravated as time passes.
Once you have received medical attention, you can look to have your injuries covered by the insurance company of the negligent driver. If the insurance coverage of the negligent driver is not enough to cover your injuries, it may be wise to consider filing a lawsuit for your injuries. To learn more about filing a lawsuit after being involved in a car accident as a passenger, continue reading and speak with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney.
When to File a Car Accident Lawsuit After Being Injured as a Passenger
If you were a passenger in a vehicle when a car crash occurred, one of the drivers in the crash would likely be responsible for your injuries. If you are unsure about which party should be held liable for your injuries, you could file a personal injury lawsuit against both parties.
Our firm can help you build your case against either party by performing various tasks. We can help you gather evidence showing the negligence of the negligent driver, and we can help you secure statements from key witnesses.
It is important to note that a plaintiff should observe the statute of limitations if they wish to file a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident. The statute of limitations determines the amount of time that a plaintiff has to file a particular type of case with the court. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is two years from the date of the injury.
If the plaintiff does not file their case within this timeframe, the court may bar their claim, and they will be unable to seek compensation for their injuries. However, in certain cases, the plaintiff may be able to delay their filing deadline.
Experienced Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys You Can Trust
If you were injured in a car accident while riding in the vehicle as a passenger, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. At the Reiff Law Firm, our legal team has acquired decades of legal experience that we would be proud to use to represent you in your injury claim. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000, or contact us online.