At Rice, Murtha & Psoras, we have many years of experience representing injured passengers in all types of car accident claims. Our Baltimore passenger injury lawyer is prepared to assist you with claims involving drunk drivers, hit-and-run accidents, distracted driving, speeding, commercial vehicles, dangerous intersections, and many other types of cases. If you were the victim of a negligent or aggressive driver, our law firm is standing by to advise you on the potential next steps.
For a free legal consultation, call Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (410) 694-7291, or contact us online today. Serving the Baltimore area, our attorney for injured passengers is available 24/7 to help determine whether you could have a claim for financial compensation.
Car Crash Passenger Injury + Fatality Statistics
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which describes itself as a “nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing” crash-related fatalities, nearly 23,000 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes in 2018. While it was drivers rather than passengers who accounted for most of these fatalities (17,168 out of 22,891), high numbers of passengers also sustained fatal injuries, particularly when riding in the front. According to IIHS data, front-row passengers had the highest risk of death (3,577 fatalities), followed by second-row passengers (1,685 fatalities) and, in larger vehicles, third-row passengers (103 fatalities).
Babies and toddlers may be at heightened risk. According to the CDC, nearly 700 children below age 12 were killed “as occupants in motor vehicle crashes” in 2017, with nearly 116,000 non-fatal injuries the same year. Failure to use seatbelts or infant car seats correctly increases the risk of danger. As the CDC pointed out, roughly one third of the fatalities (below age 12) in 2017 involved children who were not buckled in.
Suing for Passenger Injuries in a Car Accident in Baltimore?
Drivers have a duty to obey the rules of the road. When a driver is careless, reckless, or outright aggressive, he or she can be held liable for resulting accidents and passenger injuries. If you were the victim of another driver’s negligent actions, such as an accident caused by failing to signal or check mirrors, you may have a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. However, filing a claim is frequently a challenging process, even when the crash seems straightforward. The insurance company may deny liability, try to pay less than what your claim is worth, or even assert that your actions caused the accident. An attorney can help you deal with these types of obstacles more effectively, fighting to protect your legal rights and maximize the value of your claim.
You may also be able to obtain compensation from your own insurance company, depending on the circumstances. For instance, if you were the victim of a hit-and-run driver whose identity cannot be determined, you may be able to file a claim for uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) benefits.
Various types of compensation may be recoverable after a car crash in Baltimore. You may be able to recover financial compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, medical bills, anticipated medical treatments, and other expenses or losses connected to your accident.
Passenger Car Accident Injury Claims Our Baltimore Attorney Handles
The passenger in a car accident can suffer serious, disabling injuries, especially if the car is impacted on the passenger side. For example, a high-speed side-impact (“T-bone”) collision could kill or catastrophically injure the passenger seated at the point of impact.
Our Baltimore lawyer for car accident passengers can help you file any type of injury claim after you’ve been hurt in a crash or collision. Types of passenger injury claims our office can assist you with include:
- Back and spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
- Bone fractures (broken bones)
- Cuts, bruises, and scrapes
- Dislocated joints and torn ligaments
- Hip, knee, and shoulder injuries
- Internal bleeding or internal injuries
- Loss of limbs, fingers, or toes
- Paralysis resulting from neck or back injuries
- Road rash injuries, which can occur if a passenger is ejected from the vehicle
- Sprain and strain injuries
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
Baltimore Lawyer for Passengers in a Car Accident
If you were injured as the passenger in a car crash in Baltimore, one or more people could be liable for your medical expenses, such as surgeries, medications, and other treatments you need for your injuries. The driver or drivers who injured you could also be responsible for treatments you are expected to need in the future, in addition to income that you have lost or will lose as a result of your injuries.
Our attorney can help you determine who was at fault for your injuries and assess whether you may have a case. For a free legal consultation, call Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (410) 694-7291, or contact us online.