Every year hundreds of thousands of passengers suffer serious injuries as occupants in motor vehicles. In many instances due to close family relations or friendships passengers are hesitant to file a legal cause of action against a driver that was at fault. The law recognizes such issues and provided for a greater legal protection for passengers of a traffic accident. Therefore, passengers involved in motor-vehicle accidents may file an injury claim against:
- The insurance for the driver of the car you were riding in
- The insurance of the other car involved
- Their own insurance
Other Potential Liable Parties
- Other than the driver other parties may be at fault and thus liable for injuries suffered to a passenger in a motor vehicle accident. Some potential defendants other than motorist in mot vehicle accidents are as follows
- City and State responsible for defective roadway conditions resulting in traffic accidents
- Manufacturers of motor vehicles – for defective automobiles resulting in auto accident and injuries including defective airbags (failure of airbag to deploy), defective seat-belts, brake failures and defective tires.
- Diver of the other vehicle if the other driver was partially or wholly at fault in the accident.
- Traumatic brain injury – sustained head trauma
- Back injuries including disc herniation
- Spinal cord injuries
- Should injuries including dislocation and rotator cuff injury
- Ligament tear and broken bones
- Facial scarring, broken nose and broken teeth
What is the Value of My Cases – Filing a Lawsuit for CompensationThe value of a personal injury cause of action is predicated on several factors which are unique in every case. However, an attorney may be able to established a rough estimate of a case value after a thorough case analysis. Some significant factors in determining the value of a personal injury lawsuit are as follows
- The extent and severity of the injuries suffered.
- Requirement for future medical expenses and rehabilitation care
- Lost wages and loss of future income due to inability to work in the same industry because of permanent injuries or disabilities
- Non Economic Damages – Pain and suffering compensation including emotional distress and PTSD