If you are a passenger in a car that gets in an accident, you may not realize that you have legal rights. Even though you do not own the vehicle involved in a crash or pay to insure it, you are still entitled to compensation if you are injured.
If you’re not driving any of the vehicles involved, you don’t have to worry about potential liability and being blamed for the accident. It is extremely rare for a passenger to be determined to be at fault for an accident. As a passenger, you should gather the contact information of all drivers involved, as well as the details and the facts of the accident. Once available, also obtain a copy of the police report.
Seeking Medical Care
We can’t stress enough the importance of prompt medical care following an accident, and following your medical provider’s recommendations for diagnostics and follow up care, such as visiting a specialist or getting physical therapy. Once your medical care is finished, you will have documentation of your injuries and can reach an insurance settlement with the liable parties.
Types of Compensation Available
Typically in a South Carolina car accident, compensation is available to cover any expense or loss related to an injury. The most common types of damages are:
- Loss of earnings from being unable to work
- Loss of future earnings
- Medical care bills
- Future medical care needed that is related to the accident
- The cost associated with altered plans
When an accident results in the wrongful death of a passenger, different compensation is available for the family members related to the death, including funeral and burial expenses, final medical care, loss of financial contribution, and loss of companionship.
The Jeffcoat Firm is Here to Help
Car accidents are always unfortunate and often devastating events. Many have very unique scenarios that insurance companies may use to deny or delay fair compensation. Before you accept any compensation offer for your injuries in a South Carolina car accident, contact us for a free consultation. Under our contingency fee agreement, there are no upfront fees or costs. We are only paid when we recover money for you.
Firm founder Michael Jeffcoat takes pride in having built a law firm that embodies his commitment to helping people who have been injured or wronged. After receiving a B.A. degree in Political Economy and Philosophy at Wofford College in 1994, Jeffcoat went straight to the University of South Carolina School of Law. While there, in addition to his studies, he participated in Moot Court, the University’s trial competition, clerked in two U.S. Attorney’s Offices (Columbia and Seattle) and also the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. Mr. Jeffcoat completed his Juris Doctor degree in 1997.