Can I File a Lawsuit if I Was Injured as a Passenger in a Car Accident?

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Luckily for all the people who don’t drive but take taxis and apps, the answer is yes.

Being part of a vehicle accident can be a very traumatic experience. And it’s not just drivers who are entitled to compensation in those cases; Passengers can also claim for their injuries and damages suffered.

By not being either of the parties driving the vehicles, it puts you in a position where you will in no way be held at fault and can sue for compensation.

Next, we will tell you what expenses you can claim:

Medical Expenses: To cover all costs related to immediate and future medical treatments resulting from the accident, such as: ambulance, emergencies, physical therapy and much more.

Loss of Income: If your injuries prevent you from doing work normally and, as a result, you lose part of your salary, you can request compensation for all the income that you will not receive.

Property Damage: If any personal belongings were damaged, you can also include them in your claim.

Pain and Suffering: Some damages are not so easy to calculate. But it is a reality that personal accident claims can include emotional trauma, in addition to the physical, that you may suffer.

Funeral Expenses and Loss of Companionship: In the worst case scenario, a person may be killed due to the accident and their family members have the right to seek compensation for funeral expenses and loss of companionship.

Ultimately, it is important for you to know that if you suffer injuries and damages in a vehicle accident as a passenger, you have options.

Do not hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who speaks the same language as you so they can guide and represent you throughout the legal process. This way, you will get help in your search for justice and compensation.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.