If you were the passenger in a car accident in West Virginia, you may be unsure about what to do. This is especially true if the person with whom you were driving was at fault and that person is a close friend or family member. You are likely thinking that you do not want to “sue” someone with whom you have a close relationship, but it is important to understand that this is why we have insurance.
As a client of the Manchin Injury Law Group, we will clearly explain your rights and legal options. This could mean seeking compensation from the driver’s insurance company, not the driver. This means that you will not have to take an adversarial approach with your friend after your motor vehicle accident. In other words, you will not be “suing” your friend. Instead, you can spend your time healing from your injuries as we litigate and negotiate for you.
As an injured passenger, you have rights. Call the Manchin Injury Law Group in Fairmont at (304) 367-1862 for a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer.
If the driver at fault is a family member and you are insured under that driver’s policy, you may not be able to file a liability claim against the same policy that insures you; however, you will be able to use your own insurance policy to protect your best interests. In addition, you may be able to file a claim under the “medical payments” coverage part of your insurance policy.
You may also need to file claims against the other driver, or a business if the other driver is driving a work vehicle. The fact of the matter is that, as a passenger, there are many things you need to consider as the victim of an accident.
These are sometimes complicated cases. Both your insurance company and that of the driver will do everything in their power to ensure you are compensated the least amount possible, often leaving you with little to nothing left after your medical bills are paid.
At the Manchin Injury Law Group, our car accident lawyers have been helping drivers and passengers who were seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents for more than 30 years. When representing you, we will seek the best possible settlement or jury award.
If you were the passenger in a motor vehicle accident and you have been injured, contact the West Virginia passenger injury attorneys at the Manchin Injury Law Group today for a free consultation at (304) 367-1862.
We offer a free initial consultation at our office in the Manchin Professional Building — our home since 1983 — conveniently located in Fairmont.
If you are unable to visit our firm, we can come to your home or hospital room.
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