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Dallas Automobile Accident Passenger Injury Attorneys

Protecting the Rights of Injured Passengers

Automobile passengers are in a vulnerable position. They have no control over the vehicle, and there is nothing they can do to avoid a crash. Passengers have legal rights after a car accident, the same as drivers, including the right to pursue compensation for their injuries. Texas is an at-fault state for auto insurance, which means the at-fault driver is responsible for paying damages sustained by anyone involved in the crash, including passengers.

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What Types of Damages Can You Recover as a Passenger in a Motor Vehicle Accident?

When you have been injured through someone else’s negligence, you have a legal right to pursue compensation for your losses. Damages you may be entitled to claim will depend on the extent and nature of your injuries and other circumstances. Common damages in motor vehicle accident claims include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages or earnings
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Medical equipment
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Mental anguish
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Permanent disability
  • Diminished quality of life

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How Do You File a Claim for Damages?

If you were injured as a passenger in an automobile accident, you may have a claim against the driver of the other vehicle, the driver of the vehicle of which you were an occupant, or both drivers. Liability for your injuries will depend on who was at fault for the accident. To recover compensation for your losses, you will need to file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. Under state law, all drivers in Texas are required to carry a minimum of $30,000 per person and $60,000 per accident in liability bodily injury coverage.

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What If More Than One Driver Contributed to the Crash?

It is possible that negligence on the part of two or more drivers could contribute to a car accident. For example, a driver who was texting while driving may be hit by a driver who was running a red light. If both the driver you were riding with and the other driver were at fault for your accident, a percentage of fault will be assigned to each under the Texas modified comparative fault rule.

This could affect how you seek compensation as an injured passenger. Your damages may need to be divided among the responsible parties according to the percentage of fault each driver bears for the accident. If the other driver is assigned 70% of the fault for the crash, you may be seeking 70% of your damages from that driver and 30% from the driver of the car you were riding in when the collision occurred.

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Do You Need the Services of a Personal Injury Attorney?

Insurance companies are in business for profit. Their goal is to minimize their payout or discredit your claim entirely. They are much more likely to offer a fair settlement if you come to the table with a skilled personal injury lawyer by your side.

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Why Choose The Lenahan Law Firm?

Our team of Dallas personal injury attorneys at The Lenahan Law Firm has a history of success for our clients, with many multi-million dollar settlements and awards. We have built our reputation on fighting big companies and achieving real world results. Our experienced car accident lawyers can handle every aspect of your case and advocate for your best interests in insurance negotiations or a jury trial.

We offer a free consultation with no time limit and will listen carefully to how your accident occurred. If you have been seriously injured as a passenger in a car accident, call us at (214) 295-1008 to find out how we can help.

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