Drivers aren’t the only ones who suffer injuries in Georgia car accidents. Unfortunately, passengers are often the forgotten victims. When passengers are involved in motor vehicle accidents, they can suffer the same serious injuries as drivers. In fact, some passengers even suffer disabling injuries or fatal injuries due to no fault of their own.
While some crashes occur due to inclement weather or road conditions, the majority of Georgia motor vehicle accidents are caused by driver error including speeding, negligence, distracted driving, and reckless behavior. When a passenger suffers because of another’s negligence, a passenger has a right to bring a claim against the responsible party for his or her injuries, medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Drivers should be held accountable for any type of passenger injury including the following injuries:
- Head trauma – concussions, skull fractures, open head injuries, closed head injuries, and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Broken bones – femur fracture, tibia fracture, broken leg, broken arm, clavicle fracture, and broken ribs, among others
- Back injuries – herniated disc, fractured vertebrae, and spinal cord injury
Because passengers are almost always innocent victims in car crashes, they have the right to obtain compensation for any of the injuries they suffered—minor or catastrophic. It is important that injured passengers speak with an experienced Georgia accident attorney who represents passengers.
After sustaining a serious passenger injury in Georgia, Peachtree City injury attorney Shane Smith can help injured passengers, or families who have lost their loved ones, recover fair compensation that is much needed after a serious crash.
If you have been injured as a passenger in an auto accident, a Peachtree City accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can review your case free of charge in an initial consultation. We are committed to receiving justice for car accident passenger victims who have suffered as a result of someone else’s error. Additionally, if your loved one died as a passenger in someone else’s car, please contact our law firm for a private, no-obligation consultation at 770.487.8999 and find out about your rights.