Can I Obtain A Settlement After A Passenger Accident Injury?
Car drivers aren’t the only ones that can be hurt in auto accidents, passengers who are involved in car accidents in Florida are also vulnerable to serious injuries.
After a passenger in a car accident injury, you may be wondering if you are eligible for financial compensation. Bring your situation to the attention of a Florida personal injury lawyer. Then, you will have a legal expert on your side to explore how you, as an injured passenger, may be able to achieve financial compensation.
How Passengers Can Obtain Financial Compensation
The process for an injured passenger obtaining compensation typically involves filing a claim with the insurance company that covers the driver of the car you were riding in. But in some situations the other driver who was at fault for the accident could also be involved in settlement negotiations.
In Florida, drivers are required to carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance, which covers medical expenses and lost wages for the driver and passengers involved in a car accident. Assuming the driver of the car you were riding in has PIP insurance, you can file a claim with their insurance company to obtain compensation for your injuries. That said, even though PIP coverage is required by law, not all drivers secure the coverage.
And if another driver was at fault for the accident and your expenses exceed PIP coverage, you may be able to file a claim with their insurance company or collect from them individually. For this to happen, you will need to prove that the other driver was negligent and that your injuries were a direct cause of their negligence and the accident.
Police Reports and Doctor Records
When filing a claim for a passenger accident injury, you will need to have documentation to support your claim. While an array of documentation may be necessary to prove your need for recovery, two of the most common are police reports and doctor records.
Police reports provide an official record of the accident and contain information about how the accident happened and who was involved. Because they are a clear piece of evidence from law enforcement, these reports are often an important part of supporting your claim for compensation.
And while police records give a detailed account of how the accident occurred, doctor records supply proof of the car accident injuries sustained and the medical treatment you received. Often a medical report will include information on medical bills, x-rays, diagnostic tests, and treatment plans. Your doctor records can be used to demonstrate the extent of your injuries and the medical expenses you incurred as a result of the accident.
Could police reports and doctor records support your need for passenger injury compensation? If you were hurt in a FL car accident, it is important to seek the advice of a personal injury lawyer to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve. Talk to the attorneys at Roman & Roman and connect over 100 years of combined experience. Our lawyers fight for client’s rights every day. Book your fee-free, no-obligation consultation today.
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