In the eyes of the law, passengers in a motor vehicle have the same legal rights to compensation as the driver.
In fact, passengers may have more possibilities for recovery since they are rarely at fault for the crash.
If you were recently a passenger in a car involved in an accident, you should seek legal advice immediately. You may be entitled to damages to cover medical costs, lost wages, and more.
At The Zimmerman Law Firm, we have over six decades of experience representing car accident victims throughout Texas.
Contact us today to discuss your potential recovery.
How Much Money Can a Passenger in a Car Accident Get?
A passenger in a car accident might receive a small settlement or one upwards of seven figures depending on the circumstances.
A passenger has the same recovery potential as a driver. In other words, there is no cap on a passenger’s recovery just because they are a passenger.
A Texas car accident attorney can assess your case and provide a better understanding of the amount of money you may be able to seek.
Is There a Passenger Car Accident Settlement Calculator?
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a passenger car accident settlement calculator, and that is simply because settlements can vary widely depending on the circumstances.
Although there is no calculator or specific formula, several factors will influence a passenger in a car accident settlement amount.
The severity of your injuries will influence your potential settlement amount. The more severe the injuries, the more medical care and higher costs you will likely incur, increasing the damages.
In addition to medical bills, any other financial loss, such as lost wages or cost of property repair, will be considered when negotiating a settlement or seeking a jury award.
The more financial loss you suffer, the more likely you will receive a higher settlement.
Texas Negligence Law
Texas is a modified comparative negligence state which limits a plaintiff to recover damages only if their fault does not exceed 51%.
Except under rare circumstances, as a passenger, you should not have to worry about this since passengers are typically not the cause of a car accident.
Your settlement may be confined to any applicable insurance policy maximums. The defendant’s insurance policy limits may cap the damages you can recover.
Proving Damages in Your Case
You will need evidence to prove your damages to receive the maximum compensation you may be entitled to recover.
The more evidence you have, the stronger your claim and the more likely you will receive a large settlement.
Examples of proof commonly used in passenger car accident claims are:
- Medical bills and records,
- Police report,
- Photos and videos from the accident scene,
- Eyewitness statements, and
- Expert testimony.
You may have some or all of these. However, if you only have one or two pieces of evidence, do not fret. You may still have a solid case.
Contact a Texas Car Accident Attorney Today
A passenger in a car accident settlement amount can be thousands or millions of dollars.
With over 85 years of collective experience, our car accident lawyers are well-versed, skilled, and resourceful.
Following a car accident, your focus should be on healing your injuries. Let us handle the rest. We will get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact us to schedule a free consultation today.