Car accidents occur often, and they can be dangerous for all parties involved. If you are a passenger in a car accident, you can become seriously injured. If this occurs, you may be able to seek compensation. Read on to learn more about taking legal action as a passenger.
How do Accidents Occur?
Car accidents can occur for a number of reasons. But, the most common cause of car accidents is negligence. This may include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving or speeding
- Drowsy driving
- Texting and driving
Taking Legal Action as a Passenger
If you were injured as a passenger and a friend or relative was the driver, you may worry about taking legal action against a loved one. However, an injury can be incredibly expensive. You may face lost wages, medical bills, and more. You may need and deserve financial compensation for your injury. Fortunately, when you file a personal injury claim, you are not suing your friend or relative directly, instead, you are only suing their insurance company.
What do I do if am Injured as a Passenger in a Car Accident?
If you were injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof of this negligence. You can do this by:
- Calling 911- The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, conduct chemical tests, and more.
- Document the scene- If possible, take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. Be sure to document your injuries as well as the damage done to any vehicles and property involved.
- Ask witnesses for their contact information- If someone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. This can be extremely important later on.
- Seek medical attention- If you are involved in even a minor car accident, it is important to go to the hospital. This is because it is possible to sustain an injury without realizing it. Additionally, your injuries may not heal properly without medical attention. Finally, going to the hospital can provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant documents.
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact our firm today to discuss your case.
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