Can I Pursue a Personal Injury Claim as an Injured Passenger in a Florida Car Crash?
At MLG Injury, our Florida car accident attorneys know that when negligence is a factor on our roadways, everyone inside the vehicle is in danger. That includes the driver and their passengers.
When a driver’s negligence impacts their passenger’s safety — or that of another vehicle’s occupants — those who are hurt have the right to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver for their injuries.
Here are the steps passengers must take after a collision, to ensure their best interests are at the forefront of their recovery.
Call 911 and Request Law Enforcement Report to the Scene of the Crash
If you are a passenger that has been hurt in a vehicle collision, and your injuries allow, call the police right away to ensure they report to the scene.
Once law enforcement arrives, allow them to complete a police report, so you have evidence that the collision occurred, and their professional opinion regarding the details — including who was potentially at fault.
Record Each Driver’s Important Information
Even if the driver of the vehicle you were in caused the crash, you will need to take down his or her contact information, including their driver’s license, registration, and insurance information.
Do not assume the driver will accept responsibility for the crash later. Get all their details upfront.
If there were another driver — or drivers — involved in the crash, take down each person’s vital information, in case you need it going forward. It is better to have too much information than not enough.
If witnesses remained behind at the scene, collect their contact information and version of events, too. This can be useful later if there is a dispute regarding liability.
Seek Medical Care Right Away After the Crash
Your well-being is paramount after a crash, which requires seeking medical care right away. The sooner you visit a professional physician — either during an emergency room or scheduled visit — the quicker your injuries can be diagnosed, and a treatment plan put in place.
Follow all physician’s orders going forward.
Contact Our Skilled Florida Car Accident Attorneys for Help
At MLG Injury, our Florida personal injury lawyers will provide the legal guidance you need to pursue the best outcome for your car accident claim.
That includes outlining the cause of the collision and identifying the liable party or parties who are responsible for your medical costs, lost wages, and the additional expenses that resulted from the crash.
As a passenger, you had no control over the actions of the negligent driver who caused the crash — even if that driver was operating the vehicle you were riding in.
Our dedicated car accident lawyers in Florida will pursue the responsible party’s insurance coverage for your complete financial recovery, so you can get your life back on track.
If we do not produce a positive outcome for your personal injury claim, you do not pay our legal fees. Contact us now to learn more.