Can Passengers Injured in Car Accidents Recover Compensation?

We often find ourselves in the passenger seat of a car. Some people do not have a driver’s license, while others do not have access to a car. In some cases, people choose to carpool. When we get into the passenger seat, we assume that the driver will act responsibly. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If you are riding in the car with a negligent driver, you can become seriously injured. Read on for more information regarding passenger injuries in New Jersey car accidents.

Recovering Compensation as an Injured Passenger

If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to do so, you will have to prove that this negligence occurred. After an accident, make sure to take the following steps:

  • Call 911. The police can file an accident report, collect witness statements, and conduct chemical tests. These things will document who was driving, how the accident was caused, and more.
  • Seek medical attention. Many people attempt to avoid a trip to the hospital, but it is important to see a doctor. This will provide you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Make sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
  • Document the scene. Before leaving the scene of the accident, make sure to take photos and videos. If possible, document any damage done to the cars involved. It is important to obtain your own photos and videos, rather than relying on the driver’s photos.
  • Contact a skilled personal injury attorney. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to gather more proof of negligence, including security footage and police reports.
  • File your claim on time. If you wish to pursue legal action, you will have to file your personal injury claim within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. This means that if you fail to file within two years, you will most likely lose your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact our firm today to discuss your case.


Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt due to another party’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

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