There are many people who rely on others to drive them to where they need to be. This may be through the assistance of a taxi or a trusted friend or family member. Usually, this is done without any concern or worry about an accident of any kind. However, it is always important to be cautious of other drivers before entering their vehicle, as accidents do happen. If a driver acts negligently or is impaired behind the wheel, it can cause serious accidents that lead to significant injuries. When this happens, injured passengers often want to hold the driver responsible for their behavior. In doing so, it is important to retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney for assistance.
What to Do After an Accident
After being involved in a car accident, it is crucial to receive medical attention immediately. Law enforcement should also be contacted, as they can document the incident and file a police report. During this time, it is possible to establish any witnesses to the accident to document what they saw. Documentation of the accident, the injuries sustained, and witnesses can be used when filing a claim and building a case against the negligent party.
While not every accident is caused by negligence, it is a common cause that should be looked into. In doing so, the injured party must prove that the driver was negligent, thus leading to the accident and causing their injuries. There are many different forms of driver negligence that can cause an accident to occur. This may include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving or speeding
- Drowsy driving
- Texting and driving
In the event of a successful case, a negligent party may be responsible for providing the injured party with compensation. This exists for any physical, emotional, and financial damages that occur as a result of the accident. As injured passengers can suffer both physically and emotionally, they may be able to receive economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages cover the financial burdens that were caused during the accident. This can consist of any medical expenses, lost wages, lost future wages, medical equipment, and any home assistance. Non-economic damages are for any non-financial burdens. This can consist of emotional distress, loss of independence, pain and suffering, and more. If the accident resulted in the death of the passenger, the family may be able to recover compensation for wrongful death.
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