Passenger and Child Injuries in Car Accidents
Our Florida Auto Accident Lawyers Will Fight for Justice for You and Your Child
Passengers and Children Also Deserve Representation from an Experienced Florida Accident Attorney
If you were injured in a car accident as a passenger, or if your child was injured while riding in someone else’s vehicle, you may be entitled to financial compensation under Florida law. Passengers have the same legal rights as drivers with regard to insurance claims and seeking just compensation; and, if your son or daughter was seriously injured, you can hire a Florida car accident attorney to pursue a claim on you or your child’s behalf.
Who is Liable for Passenger or Child Injures in a Car Accident?
In order to determine who is liable for your (or your child’s) losses, it will be important for our attorneys to conduct an investigation as soon as possible. Certain types of evidence (such as skid marks) can disappear quickly, and we will need to make sure we gather as much evidence as we can. Depending on what the investigation reveals, the parties that may be liable in your car accident case include:
- Your (or Your Child’s) Driver – If the driver of the vehicle in which you or your child was riding was at fault in the accident, then you may be able to seek financial compensation under his or her insurance policy.
- Another Driver – If another driver was at fault in the accident, then you can file an insurance claim just as you would if you were driving when the accident occurred.
- A Vehicle Manufacturer, Dealership, or Repair Shop – If the accident or your (or your child’s) injuries resulted from a vehicle, car seat or other defect, then the manufacturer may be liable. If a maintenance or repair issue caused one of the drivers to lose control, then the dealership or repair shop that performed the work could be liable.
- A Government Agency or Contractor – Potholes, sinkholes, low shoulders, construction zones, and other road hazards can cause accidents and lead to claims against government agencies and contractors.
- Another Third Party – Careless cyclists and pedestrians, drivers’ employers, and various other third parties can also be held liable under various circumstances.
What if a Friend or Family Member was the Driver at Fault in the Accident?
Oftentimes, passenger and child injury cases will involve claims against friends and family members. If you or your child was riding in a friend’s or family member’s vehicle, and if your friend or family member was at fault in the crash, then you may need to file a claim with his or her insurer.
The good news is that this type of scenario is exactly what auto insurance is for, and you may be able to secure full compensation without your friend or loved one paying anything out of pocket for your losses. If you have personal injury protection (PIP) or uninsured/underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage, you may be able to seek compensation under your own insurance policy as well.
Discuss Your Case with a Florida Accident Attorney for Free
Do you have questions about your legal rights? If so, contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced Florida car accident attorneys. To speak with an attorney as soon as possible, call 800-780-8607 or tell us how we can help online now.