Do passengers have rights? Say that two coworkers decide to commute to work together and both the driver and passenger sustains harm in a collision, or that someone who is riding in a rideshare vehicle is injured as a result of a crash.
Understanding the rights that passengers have to sue is important because you and your loved ones may not be seated behind the wheel if an accident occurs.
Passengers may have more options
In some ways, it’s better to be injured as a passenger than as a driver. You may have more options concerning when pursuing compensation from, depending on who caused the accident. After all, you know that you are not liable for an accident if you’re traveling as a passenger. The drivers involved may have to sort out responsibility, but once fault has been determined by the authorities, you can simply seek compensation from whichever driver(s) or third party/parties caused the crash.
In all other ways, your rights as a passenger are the same. You may have suffered injuries that required immediate hospitalization and medical care, and you could seek compensation for those bills. You may have been on your way to work and you missed not only that day at work but future days as you recovered from your injuries. Once again, you could seek compensation for the loss of your wages, just like an injured driver could. It doesn’t matter that you weren’t in control of the car. All that matters is you were that you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Car accidents happen without warning, and it can feel like they turn your life upside down, but there are options. Seeking legal guidance is a good place to start exploring your rights and opportunities for compensation.