Car accidents in Massachusetts are very dangerous for both drivers and passengers in the vehicles involved. But the questions that drivers have to grapple with are quite different from the ones passengers have to face.
Drivers know that they should seek compensation from the at-fault driver’s auto insurance policy, and if they’re also partly to blame, comparative negligence rules may apply. In contrast, passengers might have no idea where to seek compensation for their injuries, especially if multiple parties were responsible for the car accident. This is where a Massachusetts personal injury lawyer at Tetzel Law can help.
One thing’s for sure: you won’t be held responsible for a car accident as a passenger. In fact, there’s little you can do to avoid an accident and so you don’t have to worry about being partially to blame for the injuries you’ve suffered.
Common Injuries to Passengers in an Auto Accident
There are many potential injuries a passenger can suffer in a car accident. Common ones include cuts and scrapes, whiplash, and bruising, which are all often minor and require minimal medical treatment.
More serious injuries can include back and head injuries, broken bones, as well as damage to the brain or spine. The more serious your injury is, the more medical care it’ll require, the more days you’ll be forced off work, and the more damages you’ll need in exchange.
What to do If You’re Hurt in a Car Collision as a Passenger
If you’ve been hurt in a car collision as a passenger, you should first determine who’s at fault for the accident. It’s best to obtain the insurance information and contact information of both drivers if they’re both responsible, since you’ll be filing claims with their insurance companies.
If you were in an accident involving one car only—like by hitting a wall or tree, or if the accident was clearly caused by one driver, then you’ll only need one driver’s insurance information.
If the accident happened in a state with a no-fault system like Massachusetts, you can bring a no-fault claim against the at fault driver and still win compensation for your lost work wages and medical bills.
If two drivers share fault for your accident, you might want to hire a Massachusetts personal injury lawyer. Our lawyers will help you receive just compensation from the insurance policies of both drivers. This can especially be helpful in certain situations, such as if the damages need to be divided between multiple passengers, or if both drivers want to settle out of court.
Call a Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Have you been injured in a car accident in Massachusetts? If yes, you need to get legal advice. A skilled and experienced personal injury attorney at Tetzel Law can help you. We know what to do to get you the compensation you need that addresses your physical and emotional pain and suffering, injuries, lost wages, and any other relevant damages.
Call us now at (617) 933-3858 to arrange your free consultation and free case evaluation. We’ll help you navigate the confusing and complex aftermath of your car accident, determine who’s at fault for the injuries you’ve suffered, and ensure that you get the compensation you truly deserve.