Getting into another person’s vehicle so they can give you a ride usually doesn’t seem like a big deal. It also doesn’t seem as though you are putting your life at risk, especially when the person who is driving is a trusted family member or friend. Regardless of whether the driver is a friend or family, or a hired driver for a taxi, it is important to be cautious of the driver. If the passenger becomes injured in an accident as a result of driver negligence, there is a lot to consider. The injured passenger may be suffering from life-altering injuries and therefore, may be entitled to compensation for the various burdens that these injuries cause. If you have been injured as a passenger in an accident, it is important to retain strong legal representation. Contact Lawrence C. Hill & Associates today to discuss your situation.
As mentioned, an injured passenger may be entitled to compensation when they are involved in an accident. Compensation that is recovered after an accident is referred to as damages and it exists to offset some of the financial and nonfinancial burdens that were caused. Economic damages exist to reimburse the injured party for their medical expenses, lost wages, lost future wages, medical equipment and the need to hire outside help. Noneconomic damages provide compensation for the emotional distress, loss of independence, and pain and suffering that the injured party may have faced as a result of the accident. If the accident resulted in death, the family of the victim may be able to recover compensation for wrongful death, which can cover funeral expenses.