Car Passenger Injuries: What Are Your Rights

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In a legal context, car passengers are situated differently than drivers of motor vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists or pedestrians. The reason for that is because it is highly unlikely that any liability at all will be attributable to a passenger. For purposes of obtaining compensation for their client’s injuries and damages, Charleston WV accident attorneys will instead be looking for negligence on behalf of a passenger’s driver or any other drivers who may have caused or contributed to an accident. If an accident involved two vehicles, one or both of the drivers will be held liable. If the accident was a single car accident, it will be the passenger’s driver who would be held liable.

A Charleston WV personal injury attorney at Freeman & Chiartas will advise an injured passenger that by way of a personal injury claim or lawsuit, both economic and non-economic damages are available. Those damages generally consist of the following:

  • Past and future medical bills.
  • Past and future lost earnings.
  • Any permanent disfigurement.
  • Any permanent disability.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Diminished quality of life.

In the event of the passenger’s death, other substantial damages are available pursuant to West Virginia’s wrongful death laws. The fact that liability is not a pivotal issue with a passenger does not relieve him or her from proving their damages. Only an experienced and effective car accident attorney in Charleston WV is capable of proving and maximizing the compensation that a passenger car accident victim might be awarded.

If you were injured as a passenger in a motor vehicle collision anywhere in West Virginia, contact the Charleston WV accident attorneys at Freeman & Chiartas to arrange for a free consultation and case review. No legal fees are even due unless we obtain a settlement or award for you.