Tamarac Passenger Safety
Seatbelts, worn correctly, can go a long way towards reducing head injuries and spinal cord injuries in Tamarac and Florida. Younger children and babies in cars should be placed in age-appropriate child safety seats or booster seats. A seat belt can seriously harm a small child in the event of a crash or can fail to provide adequate protection in the event of a collision. Even with these precautions, however, passengers can still be seriously injured in a collision.
If you have been injured as a passenger in a car accident, contact Flaxman Law Group. Our full-service law firm offers free case consultation so that there is no obligation and no risk to you. Contact us today for your appointment.What Options do You Have as an Injured Passenger?
If a passenger is injured in a collision where the motorist in the same vehicle is the at-fault driver, the passenger may be able to seek compensation for his or her injuries through a legal claim or through the driver’s insurance policy. The passenger may also be able to seek compensation by pursuing the at-fault driver if the driver who caused the accident was the motorist in the other car. In these cases, there may also be additional liable parties. It is important in these cases to pursue all liable parties since pursuing all parties can increase the chances of getting fair compensation for any injuries and losses.Problems With Passenger Injury Cases
One of the problems with passengers seeking compensation in car accident cases in Tamarac and other communities is that passengers who are injured may be close to the driver. If you are a passenger and have been injured, the driver who was driving you may be:
- A partner or spouse
- A colleague or employer
- A friend
- A family member
In these cases, it is not unusual for passengers to hesitate before filing an insurance claim or a lawsuit – even if they have been injured. In some cases, motorists even ask their passengers not to file a claim. Unfortunately, this decision can mean that the injured person ends up having to replace lost income, pay for property damage, and the many other costs of being in a collision themselves. This can easily add up to many thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars if the injuries are serious.
In these cases, it is important to keep in mind that if you do have a claim, you will be filing a claim against the insurance company, not against your friend or family member. Moreover, many insurance companies have programs that ensure premium costs won’t go up with one claim, so you will not necessarily increase a friend’s insurance costs. Keep in mind that insurance exists exactly for this reason: to protect you in an accident, whether you are a driver or a passenger.
As injury lawyers, the legal team at Flaxman Law Group understand that driving a car can become so automatic that drivers may fail to consider traffic safety. Nevertheless, our team of attorneys believes that there is no excuse for not protecting passengers and occupants of a car. If a driver is negligent and you, as a passenger, are injured, you can always reach our full-service law firm to arrange for a free case evaluation to discuss what can be done in your case.