Not many people stop to think about how a car accident can dramatically and negatively affect the lives of passengers involved in the collision. What makes matters worse for them is how they virtually have no control of the situation; if an accident is going to happen, they cannot stop it, and must rely on the quick-thinking of their driver to avoid the danger.
If you were a passenger in a vehicle that got into a traffic collision and now you are feeling the consequences of your injuries, what can you do? Do you have a say in the civil lawsuits that may follow? Our Worcester car accident lawyers are here to help you answer those questions!
As a passenger involved in a car accident, you are actually placed in a considerably unique situation when it comes to seeking compensation for your injuries. Whereas the driver in a car accident usually may only sue any other drivers, a passenger can hold all drivers accountable for what happened. This means that you can seek restitution from the other cars and the person who was driving the vehicle you were in. Usually, you cannot win an amount greater than what is necessary for your full recovery, regardless of how many insurance companies pay out to you. That is not set in stone, however, and should be discussed with a professional personal injury attorney.
Regardless of who you deem liable for your accident, you should try to find a settlement that helps you pay for:
Keep in mind that you might have injuries that are difficult to notice now that will become serious problems in the future. Before you accept any proposed settlements, you should always double-check with your attorney to see if it is acceptable for your needs. A meeting with your physician may also be necessary.
For many cases involving a passenger injured in a car accident, it can be difficult to imagine filing a lawsuit against a friend who was driving the vehicle. It is so important to remain unbiased and be honest with yourself about what actually happened. If a friend or loved one was negligent in their driving behavior and that caused the collision, you, as a passenger, may know that better than anyone.
The wise choice when filing a claim in Massachusetts, regardless of the details of your incident, is to team up with a Worcester car accident attorney from the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr. Our lead attorney, Mr. Kovacs, Jr., has maintained a “Superb” rating on Avvo and is backed by numerous client testimonials. Let him us what happened to you in a free case evaluation and we will get back to you as soon as we can.