Responsible drivers will own their mistakes and should carry insurance to protect themselves and their passengers. We always recommend consulting with a personal injury attorney about your specific circumstance after a serious car accident.
You do not need permission from the driver in order to file a claim against them as their insurance company will be the ones responsible for paying for the damages they caused. However, we understand that there could be hesitation to pursue a claim and potentially sue the driver if they are someone you know personally.
There could be several reasons why someone might be hesitant to sue their driver if they were a passenger in an at-fault vehicle:
Causing an accident while uninsured means that the driver is subject to any monetary penalties, citations, punishments, and other consequences, such as a lawsuit. Though it is possible to win these types of lawsuits, it is important to keep in mind that someone who cannot afford insurance likely does not have any money or assets to pursue. So, even if you won, compensation could be minimal.
Ultimately, it is up to the passenger to decide if their physical and financial losses are worth suing the driver or not, regardless of relationship or loyalty.
If you decide that your injuries and financial losses are too much to handle on your own, call 844-CAR-WREX to consult with an attorney. Our law firm handles hundreds of injured passenger claims every year
Jacob is a compassionate, no-nonsense personal injury attorney. Rest assured, he will fight for the best outcome possible for your injuries.
Dustin practices law for the individual because people need a strong voice in their corner.
Our firm provides its clients with knowledgeable, personalized representation in the following practice areas: Auto Accidents, Work Accidents, Dog Bites, Premises Liability (slip and fall cases), and more.
We know that money is a big deciding factor when choosing an attorney, which is why we don't take payments from our clients up-front. We only get paid when YOU get paid!
Insurance companies are not looking forward to helping you get better or paying for your damages. They will say and do anything to avoid paying you what you deserve! Hiring an attorney is a great motivator and puts the insurance companies on notice. We're on YOUR side!