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“I was a passenger in a car accident” – We hear you, now do this!

Car Accident Lawyer | Updated October 13, 2021

I was a passenger in a car accident – what do I do?

If I was a passenger in a car accident without insurance I would be entitled to claim any compensation required to recover, you are too. Likewise, if an Uber passenger got hurt in a car accident or a Lyft car accident passenger injury occurred all are open to compensation for any costs incurred from those injuries. These rights are as important as passenger rights across our nation.

Most people know what to do if they are the driver in an accident. But suddenly, if you’re a passenger in another person’s vehicle that is in an accident everything seems less clear.

This is often a very difficult situation, as it can feel like you are going after your friend or loved one to cover your costs. However, it’s important to remember that they have insurance to cover issues like this. These damages will not come out of their pocket. They will be paid for by the insurance company.

If you are a passenger in a car accident you have rights to Compensation As an Injured Passenger in an Auto Collision

If you’ve suffered an injury like whiplash in a car accident, whether you were a passenger or a driver, and someone else was at fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation.

If you are a passenger in an uninsured car and Negligence is determined against the Driver, in most circumstances your personal automobile insurance should provide compensation coverage for you as an injured victim. As a passenger who is not responsible for the accident, you are in all likelihood entitled to the liability coverage provided by your insurance.

If you suffered obvious injuries, you need to obtain immediate medical care and do these things listed below where possible:

  • Take pictures.
  • Obtain contact information.
  • Get the police report.
  • Don’t talk to the drivers or other passengers.
  • Contact our team to help you process this

Making a passenger injury claim after a car accident can be complicated. That’s why it’s important to turn to the experts. We have a team of qualified attorneys who are highly experienced in dealing with passenger injury cases. Our lawyers handle these cases in a friendly way that ensures the best possible outcome for everyone involved while securing the maximum compensation for our clients.

Passenger Injuries in Idaho FAQ


Train accidents have a lot in common with other types of personal injury claims, but one of the biggest differences is that there are usually many more injured parties when a train is involved in an accident. The damage dealt to and by a train, given its size, weight, and speed, is also much greater than accidents by smaller vehicles.

As train companies and transit authorities generally want to avoid the bad publicity that comes with a lawsuit, most train-related accidents also tend to be dealt with outside of court through settlements and other agreements. This has its pros and cons for individuals who may have been injured while riding in a train, or who have been in an accident where a train was involved. While you can at least be sure that the settlement payment will definitely be paid, you also forfeit the opportunity to be awarded a higher compensation by a jury.


Due to the larger scale of train accidents, there are often more parties involved in accidents involving trains. While this may not seem immediately relevant to individuals who have been injured as a result of an accident, it still plays an important role in how they might be compensated because of laws that limit the total liability of train companies and transit organizations based on a single train accident covering ALL victims of the accident. At the time of writing, the limit for all liability claims against a railway is $200 million for the entire accident. As the damages of a rail accident can be severe, and the injuries caused by it often impact their victims for life, it is important to take action as soon as possible after your accident so that you will have the opportunity to receive the compensation you require for your full recovery.


UTVs and ATVs have become increasingly popular in Idaho, and with Idaho law allowing limited use of UTVs on public roads with a speed limit of up to 45 MPH, more and more people have begun driving them on the road as well.

The laws revolving around UTV accidents are quite similar to car accidents. Even though a UTV driver is required to have insurance just like the driver of a car, UTV and Car insurance are usually separate plans. Just having Car insurance doesn’t mean that a UTV will be insured. If you’ve been injured as a passenger in an UTV accident, like with car accidents, your claim will most likely be with the insurance of the negligent driver. This may be the other driver, or it may be the driver of the UTV you were riding on.


While similar in many ways to land vehicles, boats bring with them their own set of challenges. For people who have been injured in accidents while passengers on a boat, there are additional concerns when determining liability. For example,

  • There must be at least 1 Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person on board the boat
  • Children under and up to the age of 14 must wear life jackets
  • Certain parts of the craft may be unsafe to sit on, and that may not be immediately clear
  • Passengers other than the driver of the boat may have been drinking
  • The driver is more likely to be inexperienced at driving a boat.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident on a boat, contact a professional Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible. Even if you might not be aware of it, it is possible that the driver of the boat’s negligent behavior may have been partially at fault for your injury.


Though much less common than car crashes, plane crashes tend to be very severe when they happen. While there are many possible reasons that an airplane crash may occur, most can be broken down into three main categories

  • Human error. Maybe the pilot made a mistake in taking off, landing, or navigating, or there was an error in the plane’s planned route, or a miscommunication between airlines. The plane may also have been insufficiently fueled, or overburdened, and those responsible did not appropriately account for it.
  • Equipment error. There could have been a flaw in one or more of the plane’s parts that was overlooked when it was constructed, in which case the manufacturer may be responsible, or it may have been inappropriately maintained.
  • Unexpected events. Sometimes the truly unexpected can happen. There could be a sudden, unpredictable shift in the weather, or unexpected debris might damage a part of the plane.

Because there are many possible factors, it is difficult to say for sure what the cause of an airplane accident was without a thorough investigation. Both the airline and attorneys involved in the cases of the injured can help to find out the cause of the accident and make sure that those harmed by it receive the compensation they deserve.


To avoid profiting off of tragedy, Attorneys are prevented from contacting potential clients from airplane accidents for a minimum of 45 days. However, that does not mean that injured victims of airplane accidents, or the families of those who have wrongfully died due to the negligence of an airline cannot contact an Attorney themselves.

It is actually a good idea to reach out to a Personal Injury Attorney yourself after an airplane accident. By preparing your case early, documenting your injuries and recovery, and investigating the accident, you will have a better chance of a successful claim that will help you receive the compensation that you require to recover fully.


Like with any motor accident, the responsibility for compensating the passengers of a bus is dependent on who is to be found at fault for the accident. Unlike with many other vehicles, however, there are additional parties that may be relevant towards a Bus Injury related claim.

  • The bus driver
  • Another driver, if relevant
  • The bus company
  • The bus manufacturer
  • The manager who decided the route.

Because there are so many potential parties involved in a case involving a bus accident, it is generally a good idea to reach out to a Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible after an accident so that they can help you assess your case and properly file your claim.


As the companies that run bus routes are frequently government institutions, there are some special circumstances surrounding cases involving bus accidents. Most importantly, the time limit for filing a claim involving a Bus Accident is much shorter than with ordinary personal injury cases.

While the normal time limit is two (2) years for personal injury cases, the time limit for filing a claim against a government agency, such as a bus company or employee, is 180 days. Additionally, you will have to follow specific rules and regulations while filing a claim against a government entity, something that can often be more challenging than ordinary injury claims. This makes it especially critical to contact a professional Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible after a bus-related accident to assist you with preparing your claim properly and quickly, as the clock begins ticking immediately.


Motorcycles are a popular means of recreational transportation, and it can be often tempting to bring a friend or family member along for the ride. Where some are uncomfortable with riding on the motorcycle itself, sometimes riders choose a sidecar for their passengers thinking that it may be safer. However, this also changes the balance of your bike, making it even more potentially dangerous if the rider isn’t used to driving with the sidecar

  • Almost half of all accidents involving a motorcycle with a sidecar do not involve another vehicle.
  • The deaths in motorcycle-related accidents are about 26 times as common per mile driven compared to cars
  • About one in three accidents involving a motorcycle with a sidecar involved speeding.

If you’ve been injured in an accident riding in a sidecar alongside a motorcycle, it can sometimes be difficult to file a claim if you’re friends with the driver. Still, it is important to remember that your health is the most important, and that you will be filing a claim against the rider’s insurance and usually not the rider themself. Their insurance rates would probably go up after the accident whether you filed a claim or not. Contact a Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible after your accident to discuss how you can navigate this difficult situation.


Unlike more obvious injuries, whiplash is a type of injury that might not be immediately visible. You aren’t obviously bleeding, and there might not be visible bruising or lacerations, but you’re definitely hurt. Whiplash can occur even in relatively minor accidents, and in those accidents insurance is likely to argue fiercely that it isn’t real.

The first thing you should do after an accident, even if you don’t think it was severe, is to make sure that you get checked out by your doctor. An immediate medical record helps to secure proof that your injuries are both real and were caused by the accident. This will help you to file a claim against the negligent driver’s insurance. This may be the driver of the vehicle that you collided with, or it may be the driver of the vehicle in which you were a passenger.  In either case, a consultation with a Personal Injury Attorney will help you decide how best to proceed and to make a case that can help you receive the compensation you need to get better as soon as possible.

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