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compensation as passenger in car accident

Nearly everyone is a passenger at some point in their lives.

Unfortunately, traffic crashes injure over two million passengers every year in the United States.

In fact, passenger car occupants make up 35% of all traffic injuries and deaths.

In California, the law entitles passengers injured in traffic accidents to collect compensation for their injuries and related damages.

If you were a passenger in a car accident where the driver or a third party was at fault, you might be entitled to compensation.

What Is My Car Accident Passenger Claim Worth?

Drivers who are solely at fault for an accident that harms a passenger are liable for their passenger’s injuries.

The driver’s insurer must pay damages for those injuries up to the policy limits with some exceptions.

California Vehicle Code §16056 requires all drivers to maintain 15/30/5 coverage on all registered vehicles.

This type of insurance provides $15,000 for injury or death to one person. However, some policies have a higher payout. 

Several factors will influence your claim’s worth. The first is your medical expenses. The second is your financial losses, including lost wages.

In cases where injuries were minor, an average passenger settlement is about $3,000 for a claim.

Conversely, serious car accidents with more severe damages can warrant up to $1 million for pain and suffering.

An experienced attorney can also help you determine if your auto or health insurance policy offers you other benefits.

Third-Party and Ride-Share Accidents

A passenger injured by a negligent third party can also bring a claim against that third party. Third-party examples include accidents caused by another driver driving a work vehicle, a damaged road, or a car manufacturing defect.

If you were injured in a rideshare accident or by a third-party rideshare driver, California Vehicle Code 5430 provides that rideshare companies carry $1 million in insurance for death, personal injury, and property damage.

The $1 million in insurance covers claims resulting from the Uber or Lyft driver’s vehicle use from the moment the driver accepts a ride request until the driver completes the transaction on the app or until the ride is complete.

Or, suppose the driver was on the Lyft app looking for a rider match when the accident occurred.

In that case, Lyft insurance coverage contains a contingency policy that includes $100,000 in bodily injury and $25,000 in property damage per accident.

And if the driver had a rider in the vehicle during the accident, Lyft coverage includes $1,250,000.00 in third-party liability for accidents.

Call Weinberg Law Offices, P.C.

You may be asking yourself, How much compensation can I get as a passenger in a car accident? Weinberg Law Offices can help answer that question.

We understand the difficult times’ victims of Los Angeles car accidents go through.

And we refuse to let insurance companies unfairly deny your claim or offer you less than your case is worth.

As relentless advocates, we will fight tirelessly for the maximum compensation you deserve. Call us now at 818-697-1079 for a free consultation.

Disclaimer: This content should not be construed as legal advice.

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As a personal injury attorney, my mantra is that there is no such thing as a “small case”. I will give 100% matter how big or small a case may be. I am fluent in English, Hebrew, and Spanish, languages which I use regularly in my practice.

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