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Passenger
Rights

If
you are the passenger in a vehicle and the driver causes an accident,  Florida law allows you to bring a claim
against that driver for any damages you suffered. Assuming the at-fault driver
has sufficient auto insurance coverage, your claim against that driver may seek
to recover money lost wages, medical bills and other types of damages such as
pain and suffering caused by the accident.

The
driver or operator of any form of transportation (car,truck, bus, plane, train,
etc.) has the obligation to drive safely, not only to prevent injuries to
occupants of other vehicles or pedestrians, but also to prevent injury to his
or her own passengers. In Florida, this obligation is known as the duty of
care. If the driver fails to use the proper care for his or her passengers’
safety and that passenger is then injured, then the driver may be held liable
for the passenger’s damages.

If
the passenger’s injuries are fatal, then passenger’s heirs could potentially
have the right to submit a claim for wrongful death. In these cases, there are statutory
requirements that the person who brings a claim must have been financially
dependent (or dependent in some other way) upon the deceased person in one form
or another.

It
is important to remember that more than one person can be responsible for a
passenger’s injuries.

Passengers’
obviously have the right to be compensated for their injuries in accidents, but
it is important to remember that more than one person can be negligent in a
crash.  If both drivers are negligent,
the passenger may have a claim against the operator of the other vehicle, as
well as the right to recover from the driver of the vehicle he or she was a
passenger in.

Damages
that may result from a motor vehicle accident can take time to present
themselves, particularly for passengers. It is not unusual for injury symptoms
to show up days after an accident occurs. 
If this does happen, immediately schedule an appointment with your
physician to be evaluated. Under Florida’s current No-Fault law, Personal Injury
Protection insurance benefits will not be paid at all if you don’t seek medical
attention within 14 days of the accident.

It
is always a good idea to contact an experienced personal injury law firm to find
out your rights about a potential personal injury claim. An experienced
attorney should do everything they can to maximize the value of your case and
ensure you obtain full compensation for your medical expenses, pain and
suffering, lost wages and all other injuries and or damages caused.

Passengers’ have rights too.  It is important to remember that a passenger may have a claim against the driver of the vehicle he is occupying as well as the driver of the other vehicle involved in an accident.

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