Can Passengers Injured in Car Accidents Recover Compensation?

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Some of us do not have access to a car or a driver’s license. Other times, we carpool in an effort to help the environment. Regardless, we often find ourselves in the passenger’s seat of a car. But, car accidents occur often and can lead to severe injuries. If you are injured in a car accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation.

How Are Accidents Caused?

Car accidents are incredibly common and they occur for a number of different reasons. Some accidents are a result of poor road conditions, inclement weather, or faulty car parts. But, for the most part, these accidents are a result of driver negligence. The most common examples of negligence include:

  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Speeding
  • Failure to yield
  • Failure to abide by traffic lights and stop signs

What Do I Do if I Am Injured?

If you are injured in a car accident, there are some important steps to take afterward that can have a huge impact on a personal injury case:

  1. Call 911. The police can call an ambulance, file a report, conduct chemical tests, and gather witness statements.
  2. Document the scene. It is important to take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to document any damage done to the car you were in, any other car involved, and any property damage involved in the accident. Each person in the car should take their own photos.
  3. Obtain witness contacts. If someone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. If possible, obtain their contact information so you can reach out at a later date.
  4. Seek medical attention. It is important to go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.

Do I Have to Take Legal Action Against a Loved One?

If the person driving the car was a close friend or family member, you may worry about taking legal action against them. But, regardless of who was driving, you may be struggling financially, physically, mentally, and emotionally. You may require compensation to alleviate some of these burdens. Luckily, a personal injury attorney can generally take action against your friend’s insurance company, rather than your friend themselves.

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Contact our firm to discuss your case with an experienced and dedicated attorney.

Contact our Firm

If you or a family member have been injured in a car accident, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.

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