Seattle Passenger Injury Lawyers
Are You a Passenger Who Has Been Hurt in a Car Accident?
Every time motorists accept a passenger into their vehicle, they are making the tacit agreement that they have the "duty" to exercise reasonable care while driving for the sake of the passenger's safety. In other words, the motorist is responsible for the passenger's well-being as long as he or she remains a passenger. If a motorist behaves recklessly or negligently with a passenger in his or her vehicle, and an accident results from said behavior (such as an occupant ejection), the passenger has the right to hold the motorist liable for resultant damages.
The injuries that a passenger suffers in an auto accident often go beyond the physical pain and also cause mental and financial strain. As a law firm that has been serving personal injury victims for several years, Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. understands full well the challenges you face. Our Seattle car accident attorneys have helped many of our clients recover damages from those liable for their injuries. It is important to us that you focus on healing while we recover the money that you deserve. Call (888) 228-3860 to learn more about your rights in a free, comprehensive consultation.
Passenger Injury Recoveries
- $390,000 recovery for passenger's ankle and leg fracture in Skykomish accident.
- $372,000 recovery for passenger's fractured pelvis in Moses Lake accident.
- $230,000 recovery for a who suffered lacerations and broken ribs when the truck she was a passenger in overturned as a result of an improperly secured load in Sumas.
- $167,000 recovery for a woman who was a passenger in a car that lost control and struck the jersey barrier injuring her head, leg and back in Tacoma.
Who Can I Hold Liable in My Seattle Passenger Injury Claim?
It really depends on the circumstances of the underlying car accident. In most cases, the victim makes a claim against one or more of the following policies:
- The liability insurance policy of the driver of the vehicle of which you were a passenger at the time of the accident, or
- The liability insurance policy of the driver of another vehicle involved in the crash.
In a case involving multiple vehicles, you may seek compensation from all involved motorists, depending on how much they contributed to the incident. This way, you may recover all damages, even if they exceed the insurance policy limits of each liable driver.
If you were injured in a single-vehicle accident that was the fault of the driver, you may file a claim against the driver. This can be difficult to do since the drivers in these cases are usually acquaintances or even close relations of the victim. However, you should not feel anguish over suing the driver, even if he or she is your friend; you are going after his or her insurance policy, which was purchased by your friend for the very purpose of covering damages in these types of scenarios.
If you've been injured as a passenger in an auto accident, you should consult with a Seattle passenger injury lawyer immediately to protect your rights.
Who Else May Be Responsible for Passenger Injuries in Seattle?
Some single-vehicle accidents may be the fault of neither the driver nor the passenger. In cases like these, the liable party may be a manufacturer or a government entity. For example, if a vehicle design defect, such as seatback or airbag failure, contributed to your injuries, you may file a lawsuit against the vehicle parts manufacturer or designer. In another scenario where badly maintained roads caused the accident, you may sue the government entity responsible for the region in which the accident occurred.
Securing Your Rights and Your Future in Washington
Because passenger injuries can be so life changing, the Seattle lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. are determined to help you get the money that you need to receive proper medical care and treatment without suffering financially. One of the most intimidating aspects of a personal injury claim or lawsuit is being left in the dark. It is crucial to us that our clients receive the answers that they need to make the best decision for them. We provide our clients with personal attention and keep them informed about their case. Contact a Seattle personal injury attorney today if you are interested in learning more about our services.