Can a Passenger in a Car Accident Sue?

One of the scariest scenarios is being involved in a car accident. There is nothing more jarring than the feeling where you realize you’re about to crash. However, if you are a passenger in a car accident, you can feel all the more helpless if you are not behind the wheel to potentially steer clear of harm. As a passenger, you are essentially at the mercy of the elements around you. This is why most people who are injured in car accidents as passengers seek financial compensation to help repay some of the damages they incurred. If you find yourself in a situation where you now need compensation to help you get back on your feet again, please read on to learn more about what we can do for you.

What can cause a car accident?

Car accidents are all about circumstances and variables. For example, if you happen to be somewhere while it is raining and wet fallen leaves line the roads, you may find yourself skidding off the road as a result. Unfortunately, oftentimes, people are injured in car accidents because they happened to be the passenger of a car where the motorist was behaving negligently. Some examples of driver negligence are as follows:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Texting while driving
  • Speeding
  • Ignoring blind spots
  • Unsafely merging
  • Driving while drowsy
  • Disregarding traffic signs, lights, or any other rule of the road

What are the most commonly sustained injuries in car accidents?

Passengers involved in car accidents are susceptible to the following:

  • Spinal trauma
  • Broken bones
  • Neck injuries
  • Back trauma
  • Facial disfiguration
  • Brain injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Severe burns

Do I qualify for financial compensation?

The key to winning any personal injury claim is satisfying the burden of proof. Essentially, this means that you and your attorney will have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. Your attorney will assemble various types of evidence, including pictures or videos of the accident or its aftermath, medical documents, police report, witness statements, and more.

Once you file your personal injury claim, you should do your best to avoid using social media until the lawsuit is over. Insurance companies may be spying on your accounts to ensure you do not post anything that may contradict your claim. For example, if you say you broke an arm in an accident and post a picture of you golfing, they may use this as evidence against you and deny you the compensation you truly need.

Contact our experienced Maryland firm

The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented injured clients throughout the state of Maryland for almost 30 years. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence and require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.

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