How To Deal with Passenger Injuries in Colorado
Most people don’t imagine themselves getting into auto accidents because they consider themselves as safe drivers. But everyone faces a certain risk when they get behind the wheel, since other drivers may not be as conscious about safety. If you are ever involved in an accident that results in passenger injuries, here are key facts you need to know.
HOW TO RESPOND TO AN ACCIDENT
From motorcycle accidents to large truck accidents, one of the top reasons why collisions occur is because drivers lose focus on safety for others and themselves. Some accidents may be caused by slippery roads or road hazards. Others are caused by distractions. The most severe cases may result in a wrongful death suit against a negligent driver. In 2016 there were over 600 deaths from vehicle accidents in Colorado, including 125 motorcyclists.
If you are involved in any type of vehicle accident, you must not leave the scene. Be sure to call 911 if there are injuries to report and exchange contact information (name, phone number, insurance information) with others involved. Whether you are a victim or the person who caused the incident, you should immediately consult with an attorney who is experienced in personal injury cases. It’s possible the case can be settled out of court.
You are also entitled to compensation if you are a passenger who suffers injuries which lead to medical bills or lost income, as well as pain and suffering. Since passengers usually do not cause traffic accidents, it’s easier to recover money from the insurance company of the driver who caused the accident. Your case will be considered a third party injury claim. It’s even possible to file multiple claims, depending on how many drivers were involved.
SEEKING A SETTLEMENT FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT
To be awarded a settlement by an insurance company, you will need to be examined by a doctor. Once you have completed the necessary treatment, only then will insurance companies review your bills and offer a settlement. If there is a disagreement as to who is at fault, the case may not be settled as quickly.
Find out if you are due compensation for injuries as a passenger by contacting Sloat & Nicholson P.C. for a free consultation to discuss your case. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you will only have to pay if we are able to win a monetary reward or recovery of funds on your behalf.
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