This guide is designed to help you understand the steps to take in the hours and days following a car accident. If you have any questions not covered by the guide, please don’t hesitate to contact us right away.
When it comes to car accidents, Ohio follows the traditional “tort” or “fault” system. This means the individual who caused the accident is held accountable for all resulting damages and losses, including injuries to passengers, other drivers, and property damage.
As a passenger who was hurt in a motor vehicle accident, you have the right to file a claim against the driver of the vehicle you were in, the driver of the other vehicle, or both. It is important to note that even if your friend or family member is liable, you are still entitled to seek compensation for your damages.
Suing Negligent Parties for Passenger Injuries
According to state law, passengers are generally entitled to sue all parties whose negligence they believe are responsible for their injuries. If a motor vehicle accident or injuries result from the negligence of two or more drivers or parties, then the injured passenger may opt to seek compensation from them all.
If you were hurt by a careless driver while riding in their vehicle, you should contact an attorney as soon as you can after the accident. The crash scene needs to be investigated and any physical evidence needs to be promptly documented before it can be discarded or destroyed.
Damages for Injured Car Passengers
Negligent drivers are responsible for paying victims all damages, which may include:
- Medical costs
- In-home nursing care
- Ongoing occupational and physical therapy
- Lost earnings
- Lost future income if you cannot return to work
- Home modifications if the accident caused a permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
An experienced lawyer could advise an injured passenger on what damages may be available after a car crash.
Contact a Cleveland Car Accident Attorney
While nothing can erase the damage caused by a car accident, a successful lawsuit can help put you in the right financial position to mitigate its effects. If you have further questions about your car accident injury claim, or if you are wondering what steps you need to take next, feel free to download our Car Accident Guide at no cost. Do not hesitate to contact our office directly to discuss your car accident case and learn how we can provide you with legal representation.