Can Passengers Sue After Car Accidents?

Car accidents are frequently brutal, frightening displays. As a passenger, you are at your driver’s mercy, so if you were injured, it is not at all your fault. This is why you are now looking into financial compensation. Read on to learn more about how we can help.

What are the most frequent causes of car accidents?

Car accidents are not always the driver’s fault. For example, mother nature, faulty car parts, or a negligent road design may all cause an accident. However, for the most part, car accidents are caused by a negligent motorist. Unfortunately, negligent accidents are also some of the most avoidable.

Responsible drivers must ensure they keep their eyes on the road at all times by ignoring all readily-available distractions such as looking down at their phones, or rubbernecking. Additionally, our nation is combatting the massive problem that is drunk and drugged driving. By avoiding those two things, as well as speeding, drivers drastically increase their chances of avoiding an accident.

What injuries do passengers sustain in car accidents?

When a passenger is involved in a car accident, he or she may suffer from any of the following injuries:

  • Head trauma
  • Back trauma
  • Spinal injuries
  • Psychological injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Cuts from broken glass
  • Wrongful death

How do I know if I qualify for financial compensation?

The key to winning a personal injury claim is satisfying the burden of proof. Therefore, your attorney must prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. To do so, your attorney will obtain photographic or video evidence of your accident, medical documents confirming the extent of your injuries, police reports, witness statements, and more.

Once you file your claim, you must be very careful about what you post on your social media profiles. Generally, it is best to cease posting altogether until your claim is won. Insurance companies may be watching your accounts to see if you post anything that even slightly contradicts your personal injury claim. If they find something, they may use it against you to deny you the compensation you truly need.

What is the statute of limitations in Washington D.C.?

The statute of limitations is the amount of time you have from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim against a negligent party. In Washington D.C., the statute of limitations is three years. If you wait and neglect to file your claim within that timeframe, you may lose your chance to file a lawsuit, no matter how bad you need the compensation.

Contact our experienced Washington D.C. firm

The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.