San Jose Passenger Accident Lawyer
When reviewing statistics about car accidents in California, many people focus on how the incident affects the driver while overlooking the severe implications for other occupants in the vehicle. However, data compiled by the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System reveals that there are more than 277,000 people hurt in the 194,000 injury-causing crashes that occur every year. A comparison of these figures tells you that many were passengers, who will deal with the same physical, financial, and emotional losses as any other auto crash victim.
However, the legal process for recovering compensation after a passenger accident can be more complex than if you were driving. For this reason, it is essential to retain experienced legal counsel for assistance with your claim. Our team at the Solution Now Law will advocate on your behalf, so please contact our office to set up a free consultation with a San Jose passenger accidents lawyer today. Some information on the basics may also be helpful.
Liability Issues When Passengers are Injured
As with any other auto collision, to obtain monetary damages, you must prove the responsible motorist’s negligent acts were the direct cause of the accident. Examples of negligence include:
- Drunk or drugged driving;
- Failure to yield right of way;
- Distracted driving; and,
- Many others.
When injured as a passenger, the primary liability issue is not proving fault: You would not be responsible because you were not behind the wheel. The at-fault driver might be the person in another car, but it could be someone you know. This could put you in an awkward position with a friend, co-worker, or loved one, until you realize your options as a victim.
Your Legal Remedies After a Passenger Accident
Filing a claim with the responsible driver’s insurance company is the first step in the legal process after an auto collision, whether the insurer covers the other motorist or the person with whom you were riding. If you are able to settle, it is the insurance provider that will be paying you; for this reason, you should not hesitate to file your claim even when the at-fault driver was someone you know. Our team at the Solution Now Law Firm will handle dealings with the insurance company to get the compensation you deserve, including:
- Bills for medical care;
- Lost wages, if you were unable to work because of your injuries;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Losses that affect your personal relationships; and,
- Many other monetary damages.
If the insurer refuses to pay a fair, reasonable amount to cover your losses, we will take your case to court to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Rely on a San Jose Passenger Accidents Attorney for Legal Help
For additional details on how California law applies to your unique situation, please contact the Solution Now Law Firm by calling 408-256-2871 or visit us online. We are happy to schedule a no-cost case evaluation with a San Jose passenger accidents lawyer. Once we review your circumstances, we can explain the relevant laws and process for recovering compensation.