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Passenger Lawsuits in Auto Accidents

By Steve Charpentier on May 13, 2013

Melbourne Passenger LawsuitsIf you were injured in an auto accident while riding as a passenger in someone elses car, truck, or other motor vehicle, you may be extremely confused about your legal rights and options at the moment. Passenger lawsuits can be among the most complex types of auto accident litigation. It is important that you entrust your case to attorneys with extensive experience and skill in handling these types of cases, such as the Melbourne personal injury attorneys of the Charpentier Law Firm.

No two passenger lawsuits are the same; however, these lawsuits do generally share one thing in common: wherever liability lies, it usually does not lie with the passenger. Therefore, it is unreasonable to think that, if you have been injured in such an accident, you should have to shoulder your unexpected medical costs and other losses and expenses on your own. The personal injury attorneys of the Charpentier Law Firm have particular expertise in handling Melbourne passenger lawsuits, and would be pleased to evaluate your case and advise you of your legal rights and options.

As an injured passenger of a motor vehicle, you have rights. For further information about those rights, please contact the Melbourne personal injury lawyers of the Charpentier Law Firm today.

Determining Liability in Auto Accident Claims

Determining which party is liable for your injuries requires careful investigation and accident reconstruction, both of which Charpentier Law Firms Melbourne auto accident attorneys are able to provide. In some cases, sole fault may be attributed to the driver of the other vehicle; in some cases, it may be attributed to the driver of the vehicle you were riding in. If the latter is true in your case, you may be feeling extremely conflicted right now, especially if that driver is a friend or relative.

It is important to remember, however, that in such cases you are not at fault for your injuries, nor should you be financially responsible for your losses and expenses. While it may be difficult to do so, you cannot think of the action youre contemplating as being against your friend or family member. You are simply attempting to recover the damages to which you are entitled from the insurance company of your friend or family member.

In many passenger lawsuits, fault can be divided between drivers under the doctrine of comparative negligence. This means that each driver is assigned a percentage of fault, and you can recover damages in accordance with that percentage from each driver. Therefore, if the driver of the car you were riding in is found to have been 33 percent responsible for the accident, you can attempt to recover up to 33 percent of your total damages from that party, and up to 67 percent from the other party. If either party is uninsured or underinsured, you may be entitled to compensation from your own uninsured or underinsured motorist policy.

For further information about passenger lawsuits in Melbourne, please contact the personal injury lawyers of the Charpentier Law Firm today. An attorney can evaluate your case and advise you of your rights and options.

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