When a person does not have their own driver’s license or vehicle, they may rely on others to drive them to where they need to be. In doing so, they usually trust the driver to follow the rules of the road and keep them safe. If the driver does not and they are negligent on the road, this can cause serious accidents, thus injuring the passenger. It is because of this that passengers can hold a driver liable. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced Texas personal injury attorney for assistance with your case.
What are Common Causes of Car Accidents?
Driver negligence is a common cause of car accidents in the state of Texas. There are several actions that are considered negligence, including the following:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving or speeding
- Drowsy driving
- Texting and driving
What Do I Do After an Accident?
There are certain steps that should be taken after an accident to help secure a future personal injury claim. To start, the necessary emergency services should be contacted immediately. This can ensure medical attention is received and an official police report is documented. While this is helpful for a case, it is important for injured parties to gather their own evidence as well. This can include pictures or videos of the scene, gathering witness testimony and contact information, etc. This can all be used by a passenger in court later on to help prove the driver was negligent.
How Can I Recover Compensation?
When an injured passenger wants to pursue legal action after a car accident, they can file a personal injury claim. In doing so, they are required to prove the driver was, in fact, negligent and that this caused the injuries they sustained. If successful, the injured passenger can recover compensation for damages. This compensation can be both economic and non-economic. Economic damages cover financial burdens, such as medical expenses, lost wages, lost future wages, medical equipment, and more. Non-economic damages are for non-financial burdens, such as emotional distress, loss of independence, pain and suffering, and more.
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We understand the impact a serious injury can have on an individual’s life. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.