When we ride with others in their vehicles, we put our lives into the hands of the person who is behind the wheel. Every day, people ride along with their friends and family members and arrive at their destinations safely. However, passengers and drivers alike are also injured in car accidents on a daily basis too—often due to the negligence of another driver. If you were hurt while riding in another person’s vehicle and want to seek legal advice, contact us to discuss your legal options as an injured passenger.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that more than 2 million passenger vehicle occupants are injured in traffic collisions each year in the United States, and as many as 35,000 or more are killed in road collisions each year. According to a report published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2016, more than 1,100 people died in car crashes in Pennsylvania.
Know what steps to take after you have been hurt as a passenger in an injury accident:
Generally, the party who is determined to be at-fault will be liable for injuries that happen in a car crash. This means that if a negligent driver causes a collision and their passengers are injured as well as the passengers in other vehicles, that driver could be made to pay out damages to each injured party—their own passengers, as well as the injured passengers in other vehicles.
Seeking the recovery of damages as an injured passenger requires the assistance of a competent personal injury lawyer. Damages are assessed by the courts taking a variety of factors into consideration, such as cost of medical care related to accident-caused injuries, cost of daily living, lost wages resulting from being too hurt to work, and overall pain and suffering caused by the accident. These damages may then be paid out by the liable party in the form of financial compensation to those who suffered because of the negligent driver’s poor driving.
If your passenger was injured in a car crash and you want to speak with a Pittsburgh car accident attorney with experience handling personal injury claims, contact Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman for a free case evaluation. We specialize in car accident injury lawsuits, and we are dedicated to helping our clients recover damages in the civil courts. Injured passengers have legal rights, and one of those rights is to pursue justice in court in an effort to get the compensation they deserve. We do not charge any fees until a case has been won or settled, and we charge the lowest legal fees of any firm in the area. Call today for a free consultation.