Can passengers seek damages from car accidents?
Whether you’re riding with an at-fault driver or you’re in a vehicle hit by an at-fault driver, serious injuries can result due to no fault of your own. The mere thought of being held responsible for the financial damages resulting from an accident isn't fair. Fortunately, California agrees.
If you find yourself injured in a car accident in California or Texas, the law allows passengers to seek complete compensation for their injuries. The damages you may seek include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
However, this isn't something you want to face on your own. At MVP Accident Attorneys, we fight for you so you can get the compensation you deserve.
DEALING WITH INSURANCE COMPANIES
Insurance companies are in the business of saving money, not giving out settlements. That’s why it's imperative to have an attorney experienced in speaking to insurance companies handle your case.
It's important that you don't directly speak to the insurance company or sign a settlement agreement without your attorney. The right guidance can strengthen and maximize your claim.
Most personal injury cases in are settled out of court. When you have one of our attorneys advocating for you, the settlement can be much greater than if you attempt to settle on your own. While money doesn't take away the trauma and the physical consequences of the accident, it does relieve the financial burden.
WHAT TO DO AT THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT
What you do at the accident scene can have an impact on your injury claim. If you're injured in a car accident, it's important to call 911 and get checked out.
Next, someone should contact the police and get an officer on the scene. This is how the accident report needed in the injury claim is created. Stick to facts when giving a report so you don't say things that could be misconstrued. Also, make sure you take photos of the accident scene and your injuries if you can.
Finally, go to the doctor and get a checkup. Even if you don’t have obvious bleeding or broken bones, a doctor can help identify internal injuries as soon as possible. This will give you the best chances of obtaining a just settlement.
Once you have completed the above steps, call your attorney as soon as possible. Calling while the evidence is fresh will make the case stronger so you can obtain the compensation you deserve.
Give our car accident lawyers at MVP Accident Attorneys a call today at (833) MVP-WINS for a free initial consultation.
Brett S. Sachs graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with Cum Laude Honors. While attending Michigan State, Brett was awarded for his service in the Michigan State University College of Law Civil Rights Clinic, where he represented prisoners of the Michigan Department of Corrections from injustices brought upon them. Learn more.
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