Connecticut Passenger Injuries
Connecticut car crashes are on the rise. As vehicle accidents increase, passengers are put in a dangerous position. In addition to drivers, passengers often sustain serious injuries in auto accidents. Of course, when riding as a passenger, you should always wear a seatbelt and refrain from distracting your driver.
Common Injuries to Passengers
Depending on where the car was hit, passengers can be injured more severely than the driver. Some common injuries sustained by passengers in accidents include:
- Whiplash: Whiplash is the most common injury in car accidents. While it’s often a relatively minor injury, it can lead to debilitating side-effects like chronic pain, constant headaches, or numbness.
- Head or Brain Injuries: Any head or brain injury is serious and can lead to further complications down the road.
- Back or Spinal Injuries: Back and spinal cord injuries can be catastrophic, potentially leading to paralysis or other serious complications.
- Lacerations, Burns, Abrasions : In addition to lacerations, burns, and abrasions of varying severity, passengers may also develop scarring.
- Internal Bleeding: Although it may not be immediately noticed, internal bleeding is a common injury in car accidents.
- Death: In the worst of cases, a passenger may be killed during an accident.
Steps to Take After an Accident
If you’re a passenger who has been injured in an accident, there are certain steps to take to stay safe and protect your rights. These include:
- Call 911: You should immediately notify the authorities by calling 911. If you’re injured, you may need to request an ambulance. Let the dispatcher know the circumstances of the accident, extent of the injuries, and exactly where the accident happened.
- Document the Accident: Take note of when the accident happened and what lead to it. Photographic documentation can be important, so taking a picture of the scene is recommended. If you have any visible injuries, you should take a picture of them at the time of injury and as the days progress. Whenever you fill out a form you should request a copy.
- Get Contact Information: Take down the name and contact information of other drivers involved in the accident. Get their insurance information, including policy number and the name of the company. If there are witnesses to the accident, you should obtain their contact information.
- Get Medical Help: It’s recommended to go straight to the emergency room if you’ve been injured in an accident.
- Call an Attorney: An experienced attorney can help you understand your options. They will review your records, request documentation that hasn’t been provided, and interview witnesses and experts.
When you’ve been injured as a passenger in a car accident, it can cost you a lot of money in medical bills and other related expenses. In order to be eligible to receive damages as compensation for your injury, you must prove several things:
- Liability: You and your legal team must prove that the driver was at fault.
- Harm: In addition to the driver being at fault, serious injuries must be proven.
- Causation: Your injuries must be caused by the actions of the driver and must be proven to not have existed before the accident.
After proving liability and injury, you may be entitled to damages. The amount of damages you may receive is based on the following factors:
- Medical Expenses: Including hospital bills, medication, surgical expenses, and physical therapy.
- Out of Pocket Expenses: If your injury has associated transportation costs, you may be entitled to compensation.
- Lost Income: When you’ve been injured, you may miss work or even lose the ability to work. Lost income and loss of earning ability are both considered when calculating damages.
Contact a Lawyer
As a passenger, you’re at the mercy of the drivers on the road. If you or a loved one suffers injuries due to a driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation in the form of damages. You shouldn’t have to take on the burden of sudden medical costs alone. By consulting our attorneys at The Law Offices of Thomas E. Porzio, LLC., you can learn what legal options you have. Call (203) 573-0019 for a free legal consultation.