Car accidents can be traumatic experiences, especially if you find yourself injured as a passenger.
You need to understand your rights in such situations, particularly if the accident occurred in Texas.
Responsibilities of drivers
Drivers have a responsibility for the safety of all passengers. They must obey traffic laws, drive cautiously and remain free from distractions. Failing to uphold these responsibilities and causing an accident, may result in a court holding a driver liable for any resulting injuries.
Determination of fault
In Texas, the law seeks to identify which party was negligent and caused the accident that injured you. If the court finds the driver of the vehicle you were in to be at fault, it may hold them responsible for your injuries and allow you to file a suit for damages.
As a passenger, you have the right to seek compensation and recover damages for your injuries. These damages may include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Carefully gather relevant evidence, such as medical records and statements from witnesses to support your claim.
Statute of limitations
It is important to be aware of the statute of limitations. In Texas, this limit is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within this timeframe may result in the forfeiture of your right to seek compensation.
Seek medical attention
After an accident, seek prompt medical attention even if your injuries appear minor. You need to care for your health and also establish a record of your injuries, which can provide important evidence to support your claim.
Insurance companies and settlements
Insurance companies may try to offer a settlement that is lower than what you deserve. Be cautious and consider seeking advice from a professional who is knowledgeable in handling such matters.
It is important to know your rights as a passenger in Texas. You can receive compensation for damages from the driver who caused the accident.