Sarasota Passenger Injury Lawyers Ready to Fight for You
Our experienced team of legal professionals knows that auto accidents involving injuries or fatalities to passengers can be complicated cases. Passengers in a Florida car accident might have had no way to keep the accident from happening. Depending on the type of car wreck, passengers may suffer injuries much more serious than the driver. Passengers might be thrown through the windshield, slammed against the dashboard, or crushed against the roof. As long as they did not contribute to the reckless operation of the vehicle, passengers generally are not held liable for the crash.
At Farrow & Pulice, our experienced attorneys understand it can be hard knowing what to do when you're a passenger injured in a car accident. You may have questions about your accident. If you've sustained injuries as a result of a car accident, you can take steps to make sure your rights are protected. You might have a claim of negligence against more than one of the parties involved, including the driver of the car you were in. You may even have a claim against a company. For example, passengers may be injured or killed by a defective airbag that may be subject to a recall. A child passenger may be hurt because of a problem with a car seat or booster seat.
Know your rights. Talk to Farrow & Pulice today.
What Are Common Types of Passenger Injuries?
Passengers can suffer serious car accident injuries when involved in a car accident in part because, unlike the driver, they have little time to react to an accident that is about to occur. Children, especially, are vulnerable to injury because their smaller, developing bodies are more subject to harm. Common types of passenger injuries in Bradenton, Sarasota and across Southwestern Florida include:
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
Frequently Asked Questions about Passenger Injuries
- Who is responsible after I've been injured as a passenger in a car accident?
- I was the passenger in a car driven by a drunk driver. Can I sue the driver?
- Will filing a claim harm a family member or friend?
- What are my legal rights if both drivers were at fault?
- What should I do when the driver who caused my accident has no insurance?
After a car accident in Sarasota, Bradenton or anywhere else in Southwestern Florida, it is very rare for a passenger to be held liable for causing a car accident. When a car accident occurs, an injured passenger has a legal right to file a car accident claim against the party that caused the accident. When an accident involves a single vehicle striking a fixed object, the driver of the vehicle is typically liable. In a two-car accident, it is possible that one or both drivers are liable. However, without the help of an experienced lawyer, it may be difficult to determine who was liable for your passenger injuries. We invite you to call Farrow & Pulice immediately for a free consultation: 866-408-1220.
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I was the passenger in a car driven by a drunk driver. Can I sue the driver?
Yes. In Florida, you have legal rights to file a lawsuit against a drunk driver after an accident. In addition, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against a bar, restaurant or other alcohol-serving establishment if it served a visibly intoxicated patron.
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Will filing a claim harm a family member or friend?
No. Many passenger injury victims may be afraid to file a claim for fear of harming a family member or friend after their accident. But it's important to remember that when filing a claim, you are not directly dealing with that person, but his or her insurance company. Our attorneys understand how to apply the appropriate discretion in order to successfully obtain compensation after your accident. If you have other questions, don't hesitate to call us for free legal advice about your passenger accident.
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What are my legal rights if both drivers were at fault?
In some instances, you may find yourself in the middle of a car accident claim in which both drivers are partially at fault for causing the accident. You may find that your settlement is delayed when dealing with two insurance companies that ascribe different percentages of fault to the drivers involved in the crash. We understand how overwhelmed you may feel. You may have a long road to recovery. You shouldn't have to worry about dealing with the red tape. At Farrow & Pulice, we can work with insurance providers on both sides to reach a resolution that gets you the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible.
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What should I do when the driver who caused my accident has no insurance?
When the driver who caused your accident has no insurance, you may be able to recover compensation from your own insurance company's uninsured motorist policy. But collecting damages from your own insurance company can be difficult without the assistance of an experienced Florida car accident lawyer. Contact Farrow & Pulice today. We're ready to help get life back on track after your accident.
Let Us Protect Your Rights. Contact Farrow & Pulice, P.A.
Hold careless drivers accountable for their reckless behavior. The experienced legal team at Farrow & Pulice is ready to stand up for you if you are a passenger injured in a Florida car accident. Call us today at 866-408-1220 or contact our firm online to schedule your free initial consultation. Our car accident law firm has offices in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Englewood, Lakewood Ranch and Port Charlotte that are centrally located to major hospitals for your convenience.