When someone is involved in a car accident, most people focus on the driver and the other car that was involved with the accident but tend to forget about another important part of the accident, the passengers in the car.
Few people think about the drastic and negative ramifications passengers involved in a car accident may face. As a passenger, they have no control over the situation. If an accident is about to happen, the passenger must rely on the driver to react quickly and think clearly to try and avoid the danger. After the accident occurs, the effects of the collision may take a few days, or weeks, to come to the surface.
When a passenger is involved in a car accident, their situation when seeking compensation for any injuries is quite unique. As a driver involved in a car accident, you normally only can sue the other driver(s) involved, but as a passenger, you can hold all drivers accountable, including the one that was driving the car you were in.
No matter who may be responsible for the accident, you have a right to try and find a settlement that helps you pay for the following:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation fees
- Adjustments to your daily living
- Any wages lost
- Emotional trauma
No matter how many insurance companies may be involved in the payout, most times you cannot win an amount more than what’s necessary to cover the above costs, but that is not the same for each case. Some injuries may seem small or insignificant now but may become a serious problem in the future. Before any settlement is agreed upon or accepted, always check with your attorney difficult to make sure that the settlement is acceptable and has your best interests in mind.
Not sure what to do? We can help
Many times, passengers may feel uncomfortable holding their driver accountable, but that’s where we come in. If you have been injured in an accident, please contact us to speak with an experienced attorney. Dussault & Zatir P.C. lawyers are on call at +1-800-542-4LAW to answer your personal injury questions. With offices in New Bedford, Fall River, and Taunton, Massachusetts, as well as an office in Providence, Rhode Island, if you’ve been injured, our lawyers are here to fight for you.