If I was a passenger in a car that was in an auto accident but the driver wasn’t insured, can I still be compensated for injury and loss of wages?

The other driver hit on my side of the vehicle and then fled the seen on foot. The other driver wasn’t insured. The driver of the car I was in was insured but doesn’t have uninsured motorist coverage.

Asked on March 13, 2015 under Personal Injury, Louisiana


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The only way to get compensated would be to sue the at-fault driver--the other driver; the one who hit the car you were in, and so caused the accident--in court and win. Even then, if that driver does not have insurance and also has little or nothing in the way of income or assets, even if you win, you wouldn't get anything, because there would be no money to get.

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