Passengers are frequently the innocent victims of San Diego
car accidents. The responsible parties can include the driver of the vehicle in which
you were a passenger, another driver on the road, and even the manufacturer
of the vehicles involved.
In 2014, more than 3,000 people were killed in California motor vehicle
accidents. Overall, 2.3 million people were injured in crashes nationwide.
Some of the most common causes included speeding, distraction, failure
to yield, tailgating, improper lane changes, and driver impairment.
When negligence is to blame for your injuries, you are entitled to seek
compensation from the at-fault driver or drivers. Potential damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
When the accident results in long-term health consequences such as traumatic
brain injury, paralysis or disfigurement, you may also be entitled to
compensation for loss of earning capacity, rehabilitation and loss of
enjoyment of life. When the crash results in fatal injuries, loved ones
can also pursue a
wrongful death lawsuit.
In order to pursue a claim, it is imperative that the driver of the vehicle
in which you were a passenger obtains as much information about the other
drivers involved in the crash, such as driver’s license numbers,
vehicle registrations, and contact information. If you or the driver is
able to do so, you can also help document what happened by gathering the
names of witnesses and taking pictures of the accident scene.
When the negligent driver is a friend, it can be uncomfortable to pursue
a personal injury claim. However, it is important to remember that the
driver was responsible for keeping you safe while you were a passenger
in his or her vehicle. Moreover, because the driver likely carries automobile
insurance, the party responsible for providing compensation is the insurance
company and not your friend.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a San Diego car
accident caused by a negligent driver, don’t hesitate to contact
a personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a
free consultation. Relying on more than 30 years of legal experience, we are dedicated to
protecting the rights of California injury victims.