Passenger Injured in a Crash
While drivers suffer major injuries in car accidents, passengers involved in car collisions often suffer more severe injuries than the drivers do. And yet, many passengers are not even aware that they too are entitled to compensation for their injuries after a crash. All injured victims struggle physically, emotionally and financially in the aftermath of a Florida crash. The impact of being injured in a car crash is the same, regardless of whether you are a driver or a passenger.
However, seeking compensation for injuries involving passengers can be complex. It is important that you understand your legal rights and options. The skilled Jacksonville car accident injury attorneys at Farah & Farah can help fight for your rights every step of the way and ensure that you are justly compensated for your losses. Call us to find out how we can help you.
What to Do If You Have Been Injured in Jacksonville
If you are a passenger in a vehicle that has been involved in a car accident, there are a number of steps you can do to protect your rights:
- Collect insurance information from all parties involved.
- Gather contact information from all parties involved and anyone else who may have witnessed the crash.
- File a police report and obtain a copy for your records.
- Take photos of the crash site, including the positioning of the vehicles and the injuries suffered.
- Refrain from posting details or just any information about the accident online.
- Seek out medical attention to increase your chances of a full recovery and to document your injuries.
- Notify your own insurance company of the collision.
- DO NOT be afraid of filing a claim against the at-fault driver, even if that driver is your friend or family member.
- Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who can advise you regarding your legal rights and options.
Common Injuries Suffered By Passengers
Some of the most common passenger injuries include soft tissue injuries. These injuries involve damage to the body’s connective tissue. A “whiplash” injury to the neck and upper back is an example of soft tissue injury where muscles and ligaments are stretched due to sudden movements. Passengers can also suffer scrapes or cuts when they are struck by objects in the car. These injuries can range from minor to serious or even fatal.
Many passengers also end up suffering head injuries, which could range from a concussion to a catastrophic brain injury that leaves victims with permanent disabilities. Passengers may also suffer arm and leg injuries because passengers have very little room to move around due to the manner in which they are positioned. Many injuries may not be readily apparent after a car accident. If you have been injured, it’s best to seek medical treatment right away. This not only gives you a good shot at making a speedy and complete recovery, but also documents your injuries and the treatment you received for them.
Understanding Your Rights in Florida
When a passenger is injured in a crash, if the driver is at fault for causing the crash, the passenger has the right to file a claim against the driver’s insurance carrier. Even if you were the passenger in a vehicle whose driver was at fault, you can still receive compensation for your injuries and damages. Many injured passengers hesitate to file a claim especially if the driver is a good friend. But, remember, your damages will be covered by the driver’s insurance policy. Your own insurance company may also cover any medical expenses you may have incurred.
Contact a Jacksonville Passenger Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a passenger in a car accident, the Jacksonville personal injury lawyers at Farah & Farah can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Call us at 877-245-6707 to schedule your no-cost consultation and case evaluation.