There are few things worse than sustaining injuries in an accident due to no fault of your own. Unfortunately, this is something that happens throughout the state of Maryland every single day. Often, passengers of vehicles are injured and find themselves in precarious situations, as they’re often unsure of who they need to sue to recover the compensation they need to heal. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Prince George’s County auto accident lawyer to learn more about how we can help if you’ve been injured as a passenger. Here are some of the questions you may have:
Who is liable if I was injured as a passenger in an auto accident?
If you were injured as a passenger in an auto accident, you were likely in a vehicle with a friend or relative, and you, therefore, wouldn’t want to sue them. That said, the person driving your vehicle is almost irrelevant if you’ve been critically injured and are now facing high medical bills, lost wages from being unable to work, and more. This is why you should always retain the services of a competent attorney who can first assess the circumstances of your accident and determine the liable party. For example, if you were injured as a passenger because the driver of another vehicle was negligent, that’s who you’ll likely pursue your injury claim against. However, if your driver was the one who caused the accident, we will file your personal injury claim against your driver’s insurance company, not the driver himself or herself. For many, this is a relief to hear.
What should I do after an accident to increase my chances of recovering financial compensation?
After sustaining injuries in an auto accident, it’s paramount that you do what you can to document the incident. This can include calling the police to the scene, taking pictures of the accident as it happened, asking witnesses for their contact information, getting the negligent driver’s insurance info, and more. You should also ensure that you receive medical treatment the same day of your accident, even if you don’t immediately feel severely injured. It’s not uncommon for certain injuries to take a couple of days to set in, and your health is the most important thing. The sooner you seek medical treatment, the better. Once you’re treated, you should keep copies of all medical documentation regarding your injuries and, finally, retain the services of a dedicated Prince George’s County personal injury attorney who can fight for the compensation you deserve and need to get your life back.
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If you suffered an injury or loss because of another person’s negligence, contact McCarthy, Winkelman, Mester & Offutt, L.L.P. today.