One of the most jarring things that can happen to a person is being involved in an accident as a passenger. These accidents very often happen suddenly, and as a passenger, there is very little you can do to protect yourself. Generally, forms of mass transportation, such as buses or trains, are considered a reliable, safe means of getting from place to place. However, when drivers or operators behave negligently, accidents often ensue.

Additionally, even if you are the passenger in a friend or relative’s car, if they do not obey the rules of the road, you may get into an accident and need financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have regarding the legal process going forward:

What causes car accidents?

Car accidents can be caused by several different factors, such as bad weather conditions, poor road conditions, or negligent road design. However, the most common cause of motor vehicle accidents is driver negligence. Some examples of negligent motorist behavior are as follows:

  • Texting while driving
  • Driving while drowsy
  • Speeding
  • Unsafely changing lanes
  • Smoking or eating while driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Neglecting to obey traffic lights and signs
  • Failing to follow all other rules and regulations of the road

What are the most common injuries passengers sustain in car accidents?

Some of the most common injuries passengers sustain in motor vehicle accidents are as follows:

  • Broken bones
  • Head trauma
  • Spinal injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Psychological damage
  • Severe cuts and bruises

How do I know if I am entitled to financial compensation as an injured passenger?

To recover financial compensation as an injured passenger, your attorney will have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. To prove your claim, your attorney will work to obtain security camera footage of the accident, witness statements attesting to your clam, police reports of the incident, pictures of the accident’s aftermath, medical documents detailing the extent of your injuries, and more. A knowledgeable attorney is instrumental in recovering the compensation you need to get back on your feet again. Do not wait. Reach out to our compassionate firm today.

Contact our experienced Maryland firm

If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you must reach out to one of our knowledgeable attorneys. At Timian & Fawcett, LLC, we provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C. and all of Maryland. Our firm is dedicated to assisting our clients. If you need our help, we are ready to serve. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.