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Can Passengers Obtain Compensation When Involved In A Car Accident?

Attorney Brian Brunson - Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer

Imagine you’re cruising along in your car, and suddenly, another driver causes an accident, leaving you injured. You’re well aware that you can seek compensation from that driver, as they are accountable for the expenses you’ve racked up – be it medical bills or lost wages – their careless, reckless or deliberate actions undoubtedly led to the crash.

But what if you were just a passenger? Passengers fall victim to car accidents every day. If you find yourself in this unfortunate position, can you pursue compensation for your injuries? How does your situation differ from being the driver?

As a passenger, you may receive compensation faster

Here’s an intriguing fact: it can often be easier to obtain compensation as a passenger. Why? Well, there’s no way you could have caused the accident since you weren’t behind the wheel of either vehicle. The drivers are left to determine who’s liable and who must cover the costs – they may bicker over this, but that’s not your concern. Your only job is to figure out which driver is responsible so that you can seek compensation. This clarifies and streamlines the process for you.

What if I was driving or riding in a Uber?

Uber accidents usually occur in urban areas with lower speed limits. Lower speeds reduce the chances of fatalities in crashes. So while Uber may not be part of many deadly accidents, there could still be thousands of injured people each year. If you happened to be a passenger in a rideshare when an accident occurred, it might be possible to hold the company, the driver, and/or third parties liable for your injuries.

Here’s what happens when you’re in an accident involving an Uber? The liability status of Uber accident claims depends on several factors. Uber cases can be tricky and compensation will depend on several factors, as well as insurance coverage. The policies are as follows:

Coverage for Delivery Personnel

Offline or the Driver app is off

Your chosen personal insurance company and coverages apply

Available or waiting for a delivery request

Uber maintains the following auto insurance on your behalf in case of a covered accident:

Third-party liability if your personal auto insurance doesn’t apply

  • $50,000 in bodily injury per person
  • $100,000 in bodily injury per accident
  • $25,000 in property damage per accident
En route to pick up deliveries and during trips

Uber maintains the following auto insurance on your behalf in case of a covered accident:

  • $1,000,000 third-party liability
  • Contingent comprehensive and collision³
    • Up to actual cash value of car with a $2,500 deductible

*Excluding accidents occurring in New York State

If you were a passenger who was injured in a Dallas car wreck, contact us today

Named one of the “Best Car Accident Lawyers in Dallas” by Expertise.com, Brian Brunson is Texas personal injury attorney who is dedicated to helping clients who have suffered a car, truck, or motorcycle injury through the negligent or wrongful conduct of other drivers. In addition, his professionalism is unmatched and the firms’ client reviews speak for themselves.

We proudly serve the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and surrounding areas, our office supports the legal needs of a wide variety of clients. Let the Law Office of Brian Brunson be your advocate in your time of need and help you put your life back together. If we can’t win or settle your case, you don’t pay a dime! We know it can be daunting to take that first step after you’ve been hurt. Contact Brian Brunson today via email or call us toll-free at 1-844-41-WRECK. We can help, when no one else will.

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