Passenger injuries from car accidents are unfortunately not uncommon. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 2.6 million passengers in the U.S. are injured each year in an auto crash. In addition, 418 passengers were injured in a Michigan car accident in 2012, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The most common types of passenger injuries include:
If you or your loved one has been injured as a passenger, you probably have several questions regarding your legal rights. Our top-rated Detroit attorneys at Goodman Acker P.C. have more than 150 years of experience in handling these types of claims and offer a free, no obligation case review where we will spend as much time with you as you need to discuss your claim and determine whether or not you have a case. We represent clients under a contingency fee basis, which means no legal fees or costs until we settle or win your case.
More often than not, any passenger injured in a motor vehicle is considered free of liability, unless they committed an overt act that distracted the driver, or in any other way contributed to the accident. Therefore, as a passenger you may have a claim against all negligent parties, which can include the driver of the car you were riding in when the accident occurred, as well as the drivers of other vehicles involved. In addition, because Michigan is a no-fault state, passengers injured may be entitled to no-fault insurance benefits.
No-fault insurance benefits include several types of benefits including reimbursement for:
Passengers may be able to prevent or minimize injuries by wearing their seatbelt at all times. Although front seat passengers often suffer more serious injuries versus back seat passengers, it is still wise to always wear your seatbelt no matter where you are sitting in the vehicle. And of course, refrain from distracting the driver while behind the wheel.
The attorney that you choose for your passenger injury claim can mean the difference between receiving a fair settlement or no settlement at all. Our Detroit personal injury attorneys are not only experienced at helping clients obtain the maximum settlement for their pain and suffering, but also ensuring that they receive the no-fault benefits they are entitled to. We will be working on your side every step of the way so that you get full compensation and can focus on your recovery. Evidence disappears quickly and there are strict time limitations in Michigan to file a claim, which is why it is important that you do not wait to file a claim.
We have been helping accident injury victims in Michigan win the maximum settlement for their injuries for 25+ years.
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