At Charles J. Argento, our experienced car accident attorneys in Houston, Texas understand how helpless you may feel as a passenger who was injured in a traffic collision that was completely out of your control.
The positive news is, you may be eligible to pursue a personal injury claim for the damages you suffered, so you can focus on getting your life back on track, instead of your mounting medical bills, lost wages, and any additional expenses you may have incurred because of the collision.
Here is how.
Can Injured Passengers Receive Compensation from a Car Accident in Houston?
As a passenger who was injured in a car accident, you may have a lot of questions regarding your eligibility to pursue financial recovery for your damages, since you did not play a role in the collision’s fault.
In most cases that involve an injured passenger, their recovery process may be more straightforward than that of either driver involved in the collision.
But first, you must take the proper steps to pursue the best outcome.
Step One: Record the Information of Everyone Who Was Involved in the Collision
Exchanging information is an important step for the drivers who were involved in the collision, but it is also important for passengers, so they can take part in the recovery process.
Pursuing a claim will determine which driver is at fault for the accident, which will include the financial recovery needs of the passenger(s), so be sure to record both drivers’ information, including their drivers’ licenses, registrations, and insurance details.
Just as important, be sure to obtain a copy of the auto accident police report.
Step Two: Seek Medical Care Right Away for Your Injuries
You must seek medical care immediately after the accident occurs by going to a nearby emergency room or scheduling an immediate appointment with your family physician.
Do not delay in pursuing medical care, otherwise, the insurance company that is responsible for your damages may deny your claim, citing the delay in treatment.
Step Three: Partner with an Experienced Houston Personal Injury Attorney
Although you were injured, and you have received the necessary immediate and ongoing medical care, both drivers’ insurance companies are going to dispute who was at fault for the collision, which means you will be left covering the responsibilities of your injuries until they finalize the claim.
Our experienced car accident attorney in Houston will file an injured passenger claim after the car accident with only one insurance company if the fault is apparent, or with all involved drivers’ insurance companies to maximize your claim. In some cases, it may be necessary to pursue your own insurance coverage to ensure your injury expenses are paid in full, so you are not left paying any of the expenses out of pocket.
If you were injured as a passenger in a car accident, contact our experienced personal injury attorneys in Houston, Harris County at Charles J. Argento today to schedule a free consultation by calling (713) 225-5050 or by contacting us online to discuss your case.