Passenger Injury in a Car Accident
Car Accident Passenger Injury Lawyers serving West Palm Beach, Juptier to Port St Lucie, FL
Fetterman & Associates represents those who have suffered injury in car accidents as a passenger. If you are a passenger in a vehicle, and that vehicle is involved in an accident, you may be able to recover for any damages you have suffered. This may be directly from an insurance company, or depending upon the situation and the extent of your injuries, it may be in civil court.
Auto Accident Passenger Injury
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, a person is injured in a motor vehicle accident in the U.S. every 16 minutes. This statistic includes everything from basic fender benders to serious multi-car accidents.
In a violent collision, passenger injury in car accidents can be extensive and may include concussion and other head trauma, internal injuries, broken bones, spinal injuries, burns, lacerations, and severe complications. Under Florida’s no-fault insurance law, which contains a qualitative threshold, you may sue for damages that you have incurred if they are considered to be serious and extensive.
Thus, if as a passenger, you have had to undergo extensive medical and rehabilitative treatment, sustained serious physical injuries, and have been disfigured, you may receive a large monetary award. The compensation for such situations is used to pay for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and for a victim’s reduced earning capacity or an inability to return to work.
No-Fault and Car Accident Passenger Exclusions
Florida is a “No-Fault” state that generally only requires no-fault and property damage liability insurance. No-fault is very complex, but basically provides payment of 80% of medical bills and/or 60% of wage loss up to a total of $10,000. Additionally, if proper treatment is not received within 14 days of an accident, no-fault medical benefits may be limited to $2,500.
Claims can be made against the at fault party if there is substantial serious injury, or if bills and wage loss exceed the $10,000 no-fault limit. This area of the law is very involved and makes the claim process more complex and difficult to navigate.
Working with a law firm that has experience with passenger injury in car accidents, such as Fetterman & Associates, can make all the difference in your ability to settle your claim quickly and in your receiving the proper compensation for your injuries.
Why Contact a Florida Car Accident Attorney?
In the case of passenger injury in car accidents, there are often various complexities involved, including determining driver negligence, extent of injuries, and contributing factors to the accident.
Although many people feel as if they do not require a car accident lawyer in such cases, the fact is Florida motor vehicle laws and insurance laws often involve intricacies of which the layman is not aware. A seasoned, personal injury attorney, such as those at Fetterman & Associates, can be instrumental in your ability to secure compensation for your injuries.
Call Florida Car Accident Attorney for Answers
Contact Fetterman & Associates at 561-845-2510 if you have questions concerning the law and passenger injury in car accidents. If you have been a passenger in a motor vehicle accident, and you sustained injuries, your injuries may be covered by insurance.
Only by talking about your specific situation with a qualified car accident attorney will you know in what manner you may collect for damages and if you have legal grounds for a lawsuit.
If you have been seriously injured and you meet other criteria that allows for passengers who are injured in car accidents to seek compensation in a Florida courtroom, Fetterman & Associates will work tenaciously to ensure that you receive a just award for the damages you have suffered. Contact us today.
If you’re in a car accident nor the driver and you are not hurt but your passenger was hurt make sure he gets or she gets appropriate medical care reported your insurance company and don’t be afraid if they make a claim against your insurance company.