Who is Responsible for Passenger Injuries in an Auto Accident?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 30, 2017 9:43:02 PM

Many car and truck accidents involve injuries to vehicle passengers.  Who is at fault for (and who is financially liable for) a passenger’s injuries is not always easy to figure out.  For this reason it is important when a passenger is injured in an auto accident to contact a Cleveland car accident lawyer.

Why You Need an Auto Accident Attorney when Dealing with Insurance Companies

Auto insurance companies are notorious for their efforts to achieve a quick settlement with injured crash victims.  The reasons they do this are many: to prevent individuals from seeking the advice of legal counsel who may be able to determine additional liabilities; to prevent individuals from more thoroughly estimate the amount of damages suffered; and to prevent individuals from hiring legal counsel to negotiate on their behalf for a more appropriate settlement.

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Like drivers, passengers injured in motor vehicle accidents should remember above all that insurance companies have their own best interests in mind.  Therefore, all passengers injured in car, truck, or motorcycle accidents are encouraged to contact Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA to discuss their potential claims.

Why Passenger Injuries Present Unique Problems

Beyond the ordinary need for experienced legal counsel, injured passengers should consult an accident attorney due to the potential complexities of who may be liable for their injuries.

In a simple car accident scenario, a driver is injured by the negligence of another driver, and the injured driver seeks compensation from the negligent driver.  But when a passenger is involved there may be additional questions of liability.

A passenger may sustain injuries as the result of the negligence of the driver of a different vehicle, the driver of his own vehicle, or a combination of both.  While the same may be said of driver injuries, drivers whose own negligence contributes to their injuries may easily have their settlement or judgment apportioned.  Passengers, on the other hand, must pursue claims against all parties potentially responsible for their injuries.

Passenger Injury Lawyers

Experienced auto accident lawyers know how to represent injured passengers against all parties.  This means investigating the accident and identifying the responsible parties—even if the responsible party is the driver of the vehicle in which a passenger was riding.

Some passengers are hesitant to pursue compensation from a same-vehicle driver because that driver may be a friend or co-worker.  While this feeling is understandable, it is unwarranted.  Your attorney will likely pursue compensation from the driver’s insurance company, not the driver’s personal assets, allowing the insurer to perform its function and you to receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA – Cleveland Auto Accident Lawyers

If you or a loved one suffered injuries as a passenger in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, do not deal with the profit-hungry insurance companies alone.  Contact the law firm of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA for a free consultation and let our auto accident and personal injury lawyers fight for you.

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Topics: car accidents