A car accident has the potential to bring immediate and significant changes to your life, especially if you have serious and debilitating injuries. If you suffered in a car accident while you were riding as a passenger, it may not be immediately clear what you can do to protect your interests and possibly secure damages. Thankfully, you do not have to be the driver of a vehicle in order to have a valid personal injury claim.
As the victim of a car accident, your quick action after the incident is critical. Important evidence can be difficult to locate with the passage of time, even if it is only a matter of a few weeks since the accident. It is in your interests to know your rights as a passenger and understand the appropriate course of action if you intend to file a claim through the civil justice system.
Who is to blame?
One of the most important factors in a personal injury claim after a motor vehicle accident is identifying who is to blame for what happened. It is important to know who you should sue before you move forward. Potential liable parties include:
- The driver of another vehicle involved in the accident
- The driver of the vehicle in which you were riding during the crash
- The owner of the vehicle in which you were riding
If your accident took place while you were in a rideshare vehicle, the company may be liable for what happened to you. Additionally, if uncontrollable factors such as road conditions caused the accident, the party responsible for the maintenance of the road may be liable. A careful evaluation of the accident can identify which parties are to blame and how their negligence led to the events that left you injured.
The rights of passengers
Passengers in motor vehicle accidents in Illinois have the right to pursue justice and recompense through a civil claim. You have the ability to seek fair compensation for your injuries and losses, as well as future expenses you may accumulate as a result of your accident injuries. Whether it is through a negotiated settlement or litigation, passengers may fight for a full and fair recovery if they suffer due to the negligent or reckless actions of another person.