If you are in a car accident, whether as a driver or passenger, you can suffer serious injuries or even death. The injuries you sustained are almost certainly not your fault, particularly if you are a passenger in the car. You may be able to sue either the driver of the vehicle you were in or the driver of another vehicle that was part of the collision, depending on who was at fault for the accident.
There are several dangerous behaviors that drivers commonly engage in that could qualify as negligence if they led to an accident. Some of the behaviors that increase the risk of collision include:
These are just a few of the many ways that drivers put others at risk. If you were in an accident and the driver of your vehicle or another vehicle involved in the crash engaged in these or any other negligent behaviors, you could be eligible to sue.
Whether you were in the vehicle that caused an accident or were in a vehicle struck by another vehicle, you should seek the advice of a lawyer. A lawyer can assist you by:
Another responsibility of your lawyer will be to prove the negligence of the party you are suing.
A lawyer will help you show that the defendant in your case is responsible for your injuries, and by extension the losses you have incurred because of your injuries. From a legal standpoint, this can be proven by:
Whether the defendant is the driver of the vehicle you were in or the driver of another vehicle, every motorist owes passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians a duty of care. The duty states that they must take no action that would put others at an unreasonable risk of harm.
Someone can violate their duty of care in many ways, such as engaging in any of the aforementioned dangerous driving behaviors (like speeding and tailgating).
If the defendant’s actions caused the crash, and your injuries were sustained in the collision, then proving causation should be fairly straightforward.
A lawyer can help you total the losses that you sustained due to the accident. A lawyer can also argue to the court that the defendant is financially responsible for your losses.
A successful claim may make you eligible to financial damages for:
If you were injured in an accident while riding in the passenger seat in Phoenix, Arizona, a lawyer can help you pursue damages for your losses. Call our team at Zanes Law today at (602) 999-9999 to discuss your case. We will handle everything in your case from A to Z.