Car accidents can be a traumatizing experience, especially for passengers. But as a passenger, what should you do if you’ve been injured in a car accident? Scott Rothenberg, Esq. of the Rothenberg Law Firm discusses passenger rights after a car accident whether in ridesharing services like Lyft, Uber, or in someone else’s vehicle.

Immediately after a car accident, evaluate the status of all passengers before dialing 911. Assuming that none of the victims need immediate medical attention, a passenger should:

1) Take photos of the accident if possible.
2) Try to obtain the insurance of the driver and any names or contact information of witnesses.

Remember, your first priority is to obtain any necessary medical treatment as soon as possible.

Depending on where the incident occurs, or whether the passenger has their own car insurance coverage, medical bills should primarily be paid by the car insurance carriers as opposed to the passenger’s health insurance carrier. Pay attention to the deadlines as to when a medical benefit application needs to be filed.

If a passenger sustains serious medical injuries as a result of the crash, there are numerous ways to recover compensation. Passengers can recover compensation from the insurance carrier of the driver of the passenger’s vehicle, the owner of the passenger’s vehicle if the driver was operating someone else’s vehicle, the other vehicle’s driver and/or passenger, or the passenger’s own car or umbrella insurance carrier. It’s important not to make any recorded statements to any of the numerous insurance carriers representatives prior to contacting a personal injury attorney. Insurance carrier representatives make lengthy attempts to take advantage of the unrepresented injured individual who could be deceived into making statements that could impact their right to recover full compensation.

If you or a loved one is involved in a car accident as a passenger, they have rights too. Talk to us at before talking to any insurance provider.