Seattle Passenger Injury Lawyers
Are You a Passenger Who Has Been Hurt in a Car Accident?
Every time drivers allow passengers into their vehicles, they have a duty to exercise reasonable care for their passengers’ safety. If a motorist behaves recklessly or negligently and gets into a wreck, the passenger has the right to hold the motorist liable for any injuries that result – which go beyond physical pain and include mental and financial harm.
As a law firm that has been serving personal injury victims for over 40 years, Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., understands the challenges you face. Our Seattle car accident attorneys have helped many passengers recover compensation for their injuries. We want you to focus on healing while we recover the money 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 a Skykomish accident.
- $372,000 recovery for passenger's fractured pelvis in a Moses Lake accident.
- $230,000 recovery for a woman 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 a Jersey barrier, injuring her head, leg, and back in Tacoma.
Occupant Ejection Injuries
When the safety devices in a vehicle, particularly the seat restraint systems, are working properly, you should remain belted in during a collision. But during a high-speed collision, a rollover, or an accident in which you’re riding in a vehicle with a sunroof, you can be ejected from the vehicle.
A partial ejection occurs when a portion of a person’s body leaves the vehicle during the crash. A complete ejection occurs when a person is thrown outside the vehicle. These accidents are extremely dangerous because the victims suffer trauma during the crash when they come into contact with the window, and again when they hit the ground. They are also vulnerable to being hit by other vehicles when they land, because they are rarely able to move.
There are many questions investigators must try to answer when someone has been ejected. Did the seatbelt or airbag work properly? Was the victim wearing a seatbelt? If it can be determined you were wearing a seatbelt and it failed to work properly, it may be possible to file a claim against the auto manufacturer or the maker of that seatbelt.
However, auto manufacturers are not the only potentially liable party in these types of collisions. Liability for ejection injuries can also fall on the shoulders of the driver responsible for the crash.
Who Can I Hold Liable in My Seattle Passenger Injury Claim?
It depends on the circumstances of the underlying car accident. In most cases, you can make a claim against one or more of the following policies:
- The liability insurance policy of the driver of the vehicle in which you were a passenger, 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 wreck. 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 as a passenger, you may file a claim against the driver. This can be difficult to do, since the drivers in these cases are usually acquaintances, close friends, or family members. However, you should not feel anguish over suing the driver; you are going after his or her insurance policy, which was purchased for the very purpose of covering 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 defect, such as seatback or airbag failure, contributed to your injuries, you may file a lawsuit against the manufacturer or designer.
If a badly maintained road – with missing signals or potholes, for example - caused the accident, you may file a claim against the government entity responsible for the road. You must hurry, though, because there are strict statutes of limitations for suing the government and these cases are more complex.
Get the Aid of a Skilled Washington Passenger Injury Attorney
At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., we have dealt with many catastrophic crashes that shattered the lives of innocent victims and their families. Our car accident lawyers are determined to help you get the money you need to receive proper medical care and treatment without suffering financially. One of the most intimidating aspects of a personal injury claim is being left in the dark, and we believe in giving our clients the answers they need to make the best decision for them. We provide you with personal attention and keep you informed about your case. Contact our team today at (888) 228-3860 to learn more in a free consultation.
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