Under New Jersey law, negligent drivers can be held liable for the injuries they cause. This process can become complicated when the injured victim is a passenger and the at-fault driver is the victim’s friend or family member. It is common for victims in such cases to worry about hurting their friends or relatives financially and to struggle on their own with the medical bills, lost wages, and other related damages.
It is important to remember that the point of auto insurance is to cover the bulk of the expenses and losses suffered in an accident. When a driver is responsible for a New Jersey car accident injury, their insurance should cover most of the damages suffered by the victim. If the at-fault driver’s insurance premium goes up because of the accident, he or she can always shop around for a different policy. Therefore, the financial burdens on the driver should not prevent a passenger from pursuing damages.
There are steps that injured passengers should take following an accident to protect their rights. If possible, passengers should exchange contact information with the drivers involved, get their name in the police report, and seek immediate medical care. Injured passengers have the right to pursue compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation services, and other related damages.
An experienced NJ passenger injury lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein can help New Jersey drivers and passengers seek the compensation they need and rightfully deserve. If you have been hurt in a New Jersey car accident and you would like to discuss your legal options at no cost, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 today.