Passengers injured in car accidents can sustain serious, even life-threatening injuries. Each year, thousands of passengers are injured or killed in crashes caused by reckless or careless drivers throughout Southern California.
At The Law Offices of Brian Brandt, we know how complicated such accidents can be. That’s because Brian has worked with numerous passengers injured in auto accidents. He understands the unique issues passengers often face after an accident, and he has the case results to prove it – hundreds of millions of dollars recovered for accident victims.
Don’t wait to take legal action, especially if you or a loved one was seriously injured in a car accident while a passenger. Contact us right away. We can help deal with all the paperwork so you can focus on what really matters – your recovery.
What happens to passengers in car crashes?
Any occupant of a car can sustain a serious injury, but it’s not unusual for a passenger to be hurt worse than the driver in the same crash. Unlike a driver, a passenger might not realize the accident is imminent and brace for the impact. Some types of crashes can have particularly grave consequences for the person riding next to the driver or in the back seat. For example, a T-bone accident – or a broadside collision in an intersection – may result in a catastrophic or fatal injury to the passenger if the other vehicle strikes door next to the passenger.
Some of the most common injuries we see at our law firm involving passengers include:
- Neck injuries (including whiplash and broken neck bones)
- Head injuries (including concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs))
- Spinal cord injuries (including paralysis)
- Leg injuries (including broken leg bones)
- Arm and hand injuries (including broken bones)
Whatever type of injury you or your loved one has sustained, make sure to have a legal professional protecting your rights. We can help you deal with your accident every step of the way, from obtaining a copy of the accident report for you for free to negotiating directly with insurance companies on your behalf.
Passengers injured in accidents caused by drivers who are friends or family
What do you do if you are a passenger injured in an accident caused by a friend who is driving, or a family member? Passengers may be reluctant to take legal action because they fear they could ruin their relationship with the driver.
Brian has years of experience working with passengers dealing with this exact situation. In most cases, he simply deals directly with the insurance company for the driver. That way, no one has to deal with driver personally.
This approach enables passengers to recover the compensation they need – without jeopardizing their friendship with the driver.
In many cases, it’s easier for the passenger to recover compensation than it is for the driver. That’s because passengers don’t have to prove liability. A passenger in a two-car accident, may need to file a claim against both drivers. In some cases where liability is obvious, such as a rear-end accident, the passenger may have to file a claim against just one of the drivers.
How does Brian handle passenger injury claims?
The first thing he wants to do is meet with you and find out exactly what happened. Was the driver of your car at fault, or was it the other driver? We want to hear it from you, in your own words.
By going over the details, we can work with you to develop a strategy that suits your unique needs. Once you decide what approach you want us to take, we will then keep you informed every step of the way.
We will do everything we can to help you fight for maximum compensation. From analyzing accident reports to consulting with experts in their field, we leave no stone unturned in pursuit of justice.
The Law Offices of Brian Brandt works on a contingency fee basis, which means clients don’t pay us any legal fees unless a recovery is made. Find out how we can help you get started if you were injured as a passenger in an accident. Call 800.983.4467 for a free initial consultation.