Texas Passenger Rights in Car Accidents
Know Your Passenger Rights in Texas
It happens all of the time in Texas: A passenger riding along in a friend’s car is injured when the friend causes an automobile wreck. When this occurs, the passenger may be confused about how to recover compensation for the harm they have suffered. Because the accident wasn’t caused by another driver, the passenger may believe they have no legal options. That’s wrong.
Under Texas law, passengers have rights. Your friend’s insurance policy should pay for the full amount of medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering that you experience in the wreck.
For more than 30 years, The Bob Richardson Law Firm has protected the rights and interests of injured Texas car passengers throughout Austin, Waco and the surrounding Texas communities of Round Rock, Georgetown, Killeen, Temple, Cedar Park, Lakeway, Taylor and Belton.
To learn how we can help you with your passengers’ rights case, call us today toll-free at 800-880-5100 or use our online form. We can provide you with a free case evaluation and answer your questions. We won’t charge you for our services unless we recover for you.
Help for Injured Car Passengers
If you are passenger in a car that is involved in an accident, The Bob Richardson Law Firm can explore your legal options, which may include:
- Taking action against the other car driver who caused the accident. This requires seeking compensation from the other driver’s liability coverage.
- Taking action against the driver of the car you were traveling in. The other driver’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage should apply to anyone who was traveling in the driver’s car at the time of the crash. If the driver is a friend, however, you may be hesitant to take action. Don’t be. Your friend has been paying insurance premiums to cover this exact type of accident.
An issue that often arises in passengers’ rights cases is comparative responsibility, or comparative responsibility. In Texas, the amount of damages you can recover in a car accident case is reduced by the percent to which your own negligence contributed to your injuries, and you can be completely barred from recovering if you are found to be 51 percent or more at fault.
Insurance companies will often try to deny claims by arguing that the passenger contributed to their injury by, for instance, getting into a car with a person they knew had been drinking. At The Bob Richardson Law Firm, however, we know how to counter insurance company arguments, and we will pursue fair and full compensation for you.
As a passenger who has been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to receive damages that include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost past and future income
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages.
To recover, you must have suffered those damages and be able to prove them. If your loved one suffered a wrongful death as a passenger in a car accident, your family may be entitled to receive compensation for the loss of your family member’s care and companionship, funeral expenses and the mental anguish you have suffered.
Contact Our Texas Passengers’ Rights Attorneys Today
Texas has a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death cases. Depending on the parties involved in your car accident, the deadline for taking action may arrive even sooner. That’s why it’s important to contact an experienced Texas passengers’ rights attorneys immediately after you’ve been involved in a wreck.
If you need legal assistance with your vehicle accident case in Austin, Waco, Round Rock, Georgetown, Killeen, Temple, Cedar Park, Lakeway, Taylor, Belton or the surrounding Texas communities, contact The Bob Richardson Law Firm today by calling us toll-free at 800-880-5100 or using our online contact form. We can provide you with a free case evaluation.