As we ride as passengers, we put our safety in the hands of others. Whether you are a passenger in a private vehicle, a taxi, including Uber and Lyft, or a mass transit vehicle, there is a certain amount of risk as you are subject to the results of the driver or operator. If negligence had a part in a serious injury resulting from an accident in which you are a passenger, you should contact an attorney to discuss your legal matter. Aside from trying to recover from the physical burden of an accident, you could be subject to financial, physical, and emotional burdens for years, if not the rest of your life. In auto and mass transit accidents, passengers that are seriously injured will have to seek out the liable party or parties. While most car accidents are caused by at least one negligent driver, there are many instances where a municipality did not take the proper care of the roads and others where a defective part was to blame. If you need an attorney to assess your legal matter and effectively represent you if you have a claim, contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.
After an accident
If you are injured in an auto accident as a passenger, it is important to get medical attention. When you do so, you are getting the care you need while documenting some of the facts of the accident to be later used if litigation becomes necessary. For most accidents, the driver’s insurance will cover your medical bills and lost wages to a certain extent through personal injury protection (PIP), a “no-fault” insurance policy that provides financial support after an accident with no regard to fault. If you are seriously injured, you may need to consider taking legal action to further protect your future.
Taking legal action
If you are seriously injured in an accident as a passenger, it is important to consider your legal options. When it comes to auto accidents or mass transit accidents, finding the negligent party can be complicated. In most simple car accident cases, at least one driver is at fault. Even so, if it can be proven, road conditions and defective car parts can play a role. Mass transit accidents are even more complicated because numerous parties can be at fault for the accident, including a municipality. The unifying factor in all accidents that result in the serious injury of a passenger is the burden of proof. For all personal injury cases, the plaintiff will need to prove that negligence occurred and that it resulted in serious injury. If the negligent party is a friend or family and they were responsible for the accident, we will try to settle the matter with their insurance company. If this is not possible, you would have to sue. It is important to know that while many shy away from taking legal action against a friend or family member, it is the insurance company that would pay, not the driver.
If you can prove negligence, you could be entitled to compensation, also known as damages. Economic damages you may be entitled to include medical bills, lost wages, and future earnings. You may also sue for noneconomic damages, including pain and suffering, loss of consortium and the impact of the serious injury on your future. If you lost a loved one and file a wrongful death suit, you could be entitled to the same damages plus the cost of funeral expenses.
Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC
If you are the victim of a serious injury as the passenger of a car, taxi, Uber, Lyft, Bus or Train, it is important to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney. Timian & Fawcett, LLC provides effective legal support to clients from Prince George’s County, Maryland, and the DC Metro Area. Our firm fights for the rights of those seriously injured by neglect. To discuss your legal matter, contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.