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When Passengers Are Injured in an Automobile Crash

By Burg Simpson

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June 22, 2020   Ohio Legal Updates, Ohio Personal Injury

When You Need to File a Personal Injury Claim

If you have been hurt in a car crash, and you were a passenger in the car, as opposed to being the driver, you can still file a personal injury claim. Let Burg Simpson’s Personal Injury Team help you to obtain compensation for your:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Accident-related expenses
  • Pain and suffering.

Collisions Involving a Single Vehicle

The driver of a vehicle is obligated to ensure the safety of his or her passengers. If the driver fails to protect his or her passengers, he or she could be considered negligent and thus liable for the passenger’s injuries.

If you were seriously injured as a passenger in a single vehicle collision, and we can prove that the driver of the vehicle failed to act in a safe and responsible manner, you could have grounds to file a personal injury claim.

For example, the driver of the vehicle could be considered liable for a passenger’s injuries if he or she was exceeding the speed limit and crashed the vehicle into a tree. But if the collision occurred due to an unforeseen event, such as a deer jumping in front of the vehicle, then it would not be likely that the driver would be held accountable for the crash.

Collisions Involving Two Vehicles

If you were injured as a passenger in a car collision involving two or more vehicles, it is possible that you may be able to file a claim against both drivers. Our Cincinnati car crash attorneys at Burg Simpson Ohio can help you determine the parties who are liable for your injuries.

What to do Following a Collision

Following a car crash, it is important to:

  • Take care of yourself and others
  • Identify your injuries
  • Seek immediate medical attention, even if you do not believe that your injuries are serious
  • Do not agree to a settlement with either driver’s insurance company. It is important to remember that the other party’s insurance company is not looking after your best interests.

Obtaining Important Information

  • Obtain contact information from the drivers of both vehicles
  • Obtain the names and contact information of witnesses
  • Obtain insurance information from the drivers of both vehicles
  • Using your cell phone, document the scene by taking photos of all sides of both vehicles, the road conditions, and the surrounding areas

Protect Yourself by Calling a Personal Injury Attorney

Call us Burg Simpson’s Cincinnati personal injury lawyers. Having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side will help you to obtain the care and the compensation you deserve.

Determining the Value of Your Case

Our car accident lawyers at Burg Simpson Ohio will evaluate your case and work with you to determine the monetary value of your claim by gathering details about the following:

  • Total medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages
  • Future lost income
  • Future medical costs
  • The pain and suffering that you have endured

Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with Burg Simpson

Speak with a Cincinnati car accident lawyer at Burg Simpson today.

Burg Simpson’s team of personal injury lawyers have a proven history of obtaining results for our clients. We can give you a fighting chance when it comes to investigating a car crash, preparing insurance claims, negotiating settlements, and even litigating in court against the responsible parties. The firm has the experience and resources to fight for you and obtain the compensation you deserve.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim as a Passenger in a Car Crash

If you have been seriously injured as a passenger in an automobile accident, fill out our free case evaluation form, or call us at 513-852-5600 to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers in Cincinnati.

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