Passenger Injury Attorneys in Gillette
When you are riding in a vehicle driven by someone else, you are putting your life in their hands. If the vehicle is involved in a traffic collision, you may suffer serious bodily injury, emotional trauma, and lost future income as a result.
It is important to be aware of your rights after a devastating car accident so you can properly recover compensation from the at-fault party. Drivers owe the exact same duty of care to passengers in their own vehicles that they do to fellow drivers and pedestrians. When operating a common carrier, like a bus, train, passenger van, or limousine, drivers have an even greater duty of care to their passengers.
If you or a loved one was a passenger injured in a collision, you may have questions about how to move forward. You should consider reaching out to our Gillette car accident lawyers at Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., for a free consultation to start.
If you are a passenger in a private, non-commercial vehicle, you will most likely have to file an insurance claim or even a civil lawsuit against the driver of the at-fault vehicle to recover damages. In some instances, your insurance provider may ask you to file a claim against a friend or family member. Having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side can help you navigate these complicated waters and guide you toward the best path for recovery.
If you are a passenger in a commercial vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation from the driver’s employer or rideshare company like Uber or Lyft. Even though commercial vehicles are required to carry insurance for injured passengers, determining liability in these types of claims can still be a complicated matter. By working with a car accident attorney, you can get the support you need to hold the right parties accountable and submit the appropriate claims.
If you are injured as a passenger on a public bus, or another form of mass transit, you can pursue compensation from the owner of that vehicle – perhaps even the municipality. Companies that offer transportation services to the general public in exchange for payment are known as “common carriers,” which means they owe passengers a heightened duty of care. These entities have a greater responsibility to prevent potential injuries to passengers, including those caused by a traffic collision.
Car accidents can cause some of the most devastating injuries to passengers, who may not be as well-protected in the vehicle as the driver. Injuries suffered by accident victims include:
- Traumatic brain and head injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Severe burns
- Amputation and loss of limb
- Wrongful death
When you reach out to our firm, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will discuss the specifics of your case and examine all your legal options. We are dedicated to providing you with dependable legal services so we can help you along the path toward recovery.
Being involved in a vehicle accident as a passenger can be a horrific experience, especially since it was out of your control. Our team is on standby to answer your questions and give you the help you need. To find out more, contact our firm at (307) 257-7800.
- Child Passenger Safety - Governors Highway Safety Association
- Child Passenger Safety - CDC
- Whiplash Information Page
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