If You Have Been Injured as a Passenger in a West Virginia Car Accident

White car with front end damage after a car accident being loaded onto a tow truck.Perhaps you have already started speaking with or are considering speaking to a West Virginia personal injury attorney if you are a passenger who has been injured in a car accident. When it is clear that you are not liable for your accident and its aftermath, you might wonder what damages you are entitled to and how you will be paid for the reimbursement that is owed to you for your losses. Our West Virginia car accident attorneys are here to listen to you through this difficult time and answer any questions you might have.

Questions Passengers Might Have After a Car Accident 

What are some steps you should take immediately after your car accident? After your car accident, no matter if you are a passenger or one of the involved drivers, you should always seek medical attention after the accident. If you or anyone else has been injured in the accident, local police and 911 should be contacted immediately so that you and others can receive the care you deserve. Many people might claim that they do not need medical attention even if it is possible that they have received injuries. The shock of a car accident can cause an adrenaline rush, masking any pain you might have. This is why it is always important to just be sure and seek medical care so that you can ease your mind and protect your health from harm.

As a passenger, do I need to give my contact information? In many states, even as the passenger involved in an accident, laws will state that you must exchange certain information with other parties involved in the accident. You might need to testify in the future if the claim goes to court since you were involved in the accident.

Who do you file a claim against? You might bring your claim against one specific driver or multiple drivers depending on what type of accident it was. If you were injured in a vehicle that was rear-ended, for instance, you would typically bring a claim against the other driver. If the fault is shared among the drivers, you might have multiple claims split up. 

What types of damages might become prevalent in your injury case? There are many types of compensation you might qualify for if you were injured as a passenger in an accident claim. The extent of your injuries will dictate which damages you are eligible for such as medical bills, lost wages from missed time at work, permanent injury damages, and more.

What if multiple passengers were injured in the accident? If multiple passengers were injured in an accident, things might get a bit complicated. Every injured passenger might take steps to file a claim against a negligent driver, which means that the combined value of the injuries might exceed the driver’s insurance policy. This means that, as an injured passenger, you might be left with the reality that you will have to settle for less money.

How a West Virginia Car Accident Attorney Can Assist You 

You’ve been injured in a car accident as a passenger and suddenly you’re forced to make serious decisions that are difficult for you. When a serious car accident does take place, everything around you changes and you might need the direction and legal advice of a personal injury attorney to assist you. At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, our experienced personal injury attorneys in West Virginia have handled various car accident claims for the victims of serious car accidents that happened at the hands of negligent parties. If you are facing a serious car accident and are unsure of where to turn, please reach out to us immediately for the help you deserve at (304) 713-2014.


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