If you have been in an accident as the passenger in a car, you have just as much right to a settlement and to ensure your bills are taken care of as the driver does, as well as any other not-at-fault parties. This is the case if the person you’re riding with is a friend, family, an acquaintance, or even if you’re in a rideshare vehicle such as Uber or Lyft.

According to the passenger in a car accident settlement examples listed on this page, and our own data – the typical Georgia passenger in a car accident settlement is anywhere from $100,000 to $425,000. Settlements depend greatly on the unique circumstances of each case, which is why there is no accurate average settlement amount for a passenger in a car accident in Georgia.

 

Our Recent Passenger In A Car Accident Settlements In Georgia Near You

You may be wondering, “How much money can a passenger in a car accident get?” – drivers tend to be more involved in any accident than a passenger. Can a passenger be reimbursed for their medical payments, time off work, etc.? The answer is, absolutely! Here are some of the settlements we’ve recovered for passengers in car accidents recently:

$350,000 Settlement – Passenger in Auto Accident: Spine Injury From Intersection Accident

Our auto accident attorneys represented an injured Monroe man who was a passenger in a vehicle when he suffered a fractured C6 and C7 vertebrae. Our client suffered a herniation and fractured vertebrae while riding in a minivan that was struck at a red light intersection. Our client retained the firm and was able to be seen and treated by a board certified neurologist with privileges at Athens Regional Hospital because of The Kalka Law Group. Our client has made a great recovery.

$150,000 Settlement – Passenger in Vehicle Accident: Improper Lane Change Accident, Broken Ribs, Lung Contusion and Blood Clots

Our Client was involved in a life-threatening automobile accident. He was riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle when that vehicle made an improper left turn, failing to yield to oncoming traffic. As a result, the vehicle in which our client was riding was struck on its side. The fire department and EMS rushed to the scene where the fire department removed Mr. McClendon via the “jaws of life,” and the ambulance rushed our client to the hospital. Our client was released by Atlanta Medical Center, but later returned to Kennestone Hospital for failure to breathe. Doctors discovered, in addition to his broken ribs and lung contusion, that our client had developed pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the pulmonary artery), pleural effusion (buildup of fluid in the chest cavity surrounding the lungs), as well as severe pulmonary hypertension. As a result, he had below level oxygen in his blood (hypoxia) and his muscle tissue was breaking down (Rhabdomylysis). Our client received a settlement in the amount of $150,000.

$100,000 Settlement – Passenger in Car Accident: Rear-End Accident Results in Serious Ankle Injuries

Client was a passenger in a car that was turning left into a driveway from Flat Shoals Road in DeKalb County when they were suddenly rear-ended. The other driver was following too closely to their vehicle and took their eyes off the road, resulting in the collision. The client has since suffered serious ankle pain which will have to be resolved by undergoing reconstructive surgery. Due to their negligent behavior, Attorney Owings at The Kalka Law Group recovered a $100,000 settlement to cover the costs of pain and suffering, medical expenses, time off work, and other related costs.

$425,000 Settlement – Passenger in Ride Share Car Accident: Broken Sternum

Our client was riding in a ride-share on I-85/75 when the driver suffered a fatal heart attack. The driver lost control, causing the car to spin out and hit a wall. While tragically the driver died in the crash, our client was also injured and sustained a broken sternum, which required surgery for repair. We negotiated a settlement of $425,000 for our client’s loss of work, injuries, and medical bills.

 

What Are My Rights As A Passenger In A Car Accident?

In Georgia, if you were a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in an accident – you have the same right to compensation and restitution as the person driving the car. You have the right to seek compensation for injuries, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and any other related damages. You can file a claim against the at-fault driver – your compensation is your own claim – not attached to the driver of your car and their claim (if they are not the at-fault driver.)

You will deal directly with insurance companies – not through any other party. This is why it’s important to hire an attorney that is on your side rather than just taking on your part of the claim because you were in the car with their client. You absolutely can refuse a settlement offer even if the driver of your car accepts their offer.

 

Who Is Responsible For Your Bills If You’re A Passenger In A Car Accident?

If you’re a passenger in a car accident, the insurance of the driver who is at fault is responsible for your bills. This applies even if the at-fault driver is the one driving the car you’re in. Typically, the at-fault driver’s liability insurance policy is responsible for covering your medical expenses and other damages resulting from the accident. This applies whether you were in their car or another vehicle.

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