What to Do If You're Injured as a Passenger
Helpful advice from an experienced West Virginia car passenger injury law firm
Passengers in auto accidents often sustain serious injuries or lose their lives. While they are almost always not at fault in car wrecks, passenger victims often don't know what to do to get fairly compensated. Do they need to file a lawsuit against one or both drivers? Passenger accidents can be especially complicated if the accident was caused by the driver of the vehicle carrying the passenger. No one wants to take legal action against a friend. So, what's the solution?
Start with contacting our law firm. Our experienced West Virginia car passenger injury attorneys at Klie Law Offices can walk you through all the legal options available to you. That way, you can decide the best course of action to take to resolve your case.
We have years of experienced dealing with passenger injuries in Clarksburg, Elkins, Buckhannon, Weston and other communities throughout central West Virginia. We thoroughly understand West Virginia's laws and insurance issues in respect to passenger injuries. We will do everything we can to protect your rights.
What if a friend was driving the car and caused my passenger injury?
Many injured passengers are confused about what to do after an accident partially caused by a friend driving the vehicle they were riding in at the time of the accident. What we try to explain to injured passengers is they don't have to choose between their friendship and being compensated for their accident.
When you are represented by Klie Law Offices, we can negotiate directly with the driver's insurance company. This means you won't have to take an adversarial approach with your friend after your accident. Instead, you can focus on your recovery while we fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve.
What if the driver was a family member?
If you are related to or live with the driver, you generally would be considered an "insured person" under the driver's policy. You cannot file a liability claim against the policy that insures you. Instead, you can use your own insurance policy. You may file a claim under your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and/or Medical Payments (Med Pay) coverage of your insurance policy.
Why should I contact Klie Law Offices for my passenger injury?
In any case, passenger injury cases can be complicated. Insurance companies - even your own - may do everything they can to make sure you receive as little money as possible for your injuries. That's why you need us on your side, building a strong legal case.
We know what evidence to look for, from the absence of skid marks at a crosswalk to other small details often contained in the official accident report. We also have years of experience negotiating with insurance companies on behalf of injury victims.
If necessary, we're prepared to file a passenger injury lawsuit on your behalf if we believe that's the best way to help you obtain the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost income and other expenses associated with your accident.