If you were injured in a vehicle accident as a passenger, you may be able to recover financial damages under Florida law. Similarly, if your child was hurt as a passenger in another person’s vehicle, you may be able to recover compensation.
Passengers and children have the same legal rights as drivers when it comes to insurance and legal claims. If you or your children were passengers and were injured in a vehicle accident, the Fort Myers accident lawyers at Spivey Law Firm can help you with your claims.
Liability for Passenger and Child Injuries in Florida
To establish liability for your or your child’s damages, our team must investigate available evidence as quickly as possible. Evidence tends to disappear over time, as witnesses become forgetful, documents get lost, skid marks become faint, and other evidence becomes outdated.
During our investigation, we will collect the evidence necessary to support your claim. Depending on what is revealed, various parties may be liable, including:
- Another Driver. If another driver caused an accident in which you or your child were injured, then the other driver may be liable, and you and your child may be able to recover for your damages.
- Your or Your Child’s Driver. If the driver of the vehicle, in which you and your child were riding as passengers, caused an accident, the driver may be liable, and you and your child may be entitled to compensation.
- Another Third Party. If the accident was caused by a third party, such as a truck driver’s employer, that third party may be liable, and you and your child may be able to recover damages.
- A Contractor. Inadequate or unfinished road maintenance, the use of irregular or inadequate road construction materials, potholes, sinkholes, and other road hazards can cause accidents. If a road hazard caused the accident, the contractor responsible for roadway upkeep may be liable.
- A Vehicle Manufacturer, Repair Shop, or Dealership. If the accident was caused by some defect, such as a faulty tire or child’s car seat, the manufacturer of the defective product may be liable. If the accident was caused by a repair or maintenance issue, such as a defectively mounted tire, then the dealership or repair shop that performed the work may be liable, and you and your child may be able to recover for your damages.
About Friends or Family Members Who May Be at Fault
Unfortunately, passenger and child injury cases may be the fault of a friend or family member, which can make the claims process awkward. If you or your child were passengers in a friend’s or family member’s vehicle, and the friend or family member caused an accident, then you may need to file a claim with his or her insurer.
However, there is good news. You may be able to recover all of your damages without any financial burden on your friend or family member through the use of insurance. Furthermore, you may be able to recover your damages under your insurance policy if you have personal injury protection (PIP) or uninsured/underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage.
Let a Fort Myers Accident Attorney Help if You or Your Child Were Passengers in an Automobile Accident
If you or your child were injured in an accident that was not your fault, we understand exactly what you’re going through. Randall Spivey at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. can help with any type of vehicle accident. Contact us online or call us at 888-477-4839.