What can I do if I was a passenger in a Long Island car accident?

Posted: August 20, 2018

In some cases, passengers who suffer injuries in a Long Island two-car or multiple car accident have an easier time with obtaining compensation for injuries. This is because passengers generally don’t have to prove freedom from fault, since one (or both) of the drivers may be found liable for the accident. Passengers injured in single car accidents (when the driver hits a pole or tree, for example) may be able to hold the driver liable for their damages.

How Do Injured Passengers File an Injury Claim in Long Island?

Passengers suffering serious physical injuries can file claims similar to other kinds of car accident claims. Since New York is a no-fault state, passengers need to file a PIP (Personal Injury Protection) or “no fault” claims with the insurance company for the vehicle they were in at the time of the accident, as well as their own personal auto insurer.

One a car crash claim is filed, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will begin investigating all aspects of the crash. Reviewing Long Island police reports and gathering statements from bystanders and other crash victims are some actions insurance companies may engage in to investigate the claim.

That’s why Long Island passengers injured in a car accident should always consult with a personal injury attorney at William Mattar if they have sustained physical injuries requiring emergency medical treatment and hospitalization. Experienced car accident lawyers know how to negotiate with insurance companies, and what steps to take to maximize the amount of the compensation you could receive.

Passengers have the same rights as drivers or pedestrians injured by reckless or negligent drivers. Call our law firm today to schedule a free, initial consultation with a car accident lawyer who can help you obtain compensation to pay for your damages.

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