In 2012, Ohio Department of Public Safety reported a total of 287,050 crashes, which resulted in 72,100 injuries, and 1,024 fatalities. Of these injuries and fatalities, were passengers in the car accident.
In general, the passenger in a car accident will not be held liable for the crash, unless the accident was caused by the negligent actions of that passenger. Passengers may also be eligible to receive compensation benefits for their losses and damages, as they have no control over the driver of the vehicles actions.
At the law offices of O’Connor, Acciani & Levy, our highly trained auto accident attorneys have great sympathy for those injured in an auto accident, along with their families. We understand that everyone may suffer from auto accidents financially and emotionally and we will fight for the justice you deserve.
We proudly offer Ohio and Kentucky injury victims 100% FREE, no obligation case reviews to find out if you have grounds to file a claim and we only get paid when we win.
Types Of Passenger Injuries
Following a car accident, there may be many types of injuries sustained by the passenger of the vehicle. These injuries may result in short to long term damages to an individual depending on the severity of the accident. Some types of passenger injuries include:
- Airbag injuries
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Broken glass injuries
- Chest injuries
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Wrongful death
Car accidents are the leading cause of death for people across the world. In order for reduce the total number of injuries, we must begin practicing defensive driving techniques and obeying all traffic laws.
What To Do After An Accident
If you were a passenger that was involved in an auto accident, it is just as important for you not to speak with anyone other than law enforcement officials as it is for the driver of the vehicle. This is due to the fact that any information given can be used against you if your case goes to court. It is also important not to sign any papers by an insurance company unless you speak with an attorney.
Some things for passengers to do following an accident include:
- Check for injuries
- Call 9-1-1 to report any injuries
- Report accident to police department
- Take pictures of the accident scene
- Write down any information leading to the accident
- Move to a safe location
- Exchange driver information
- Exchange witness information
- Never admit fault or blame accident on anyone
- Provide accurate police report
- Seek medical attention following accident
- Contact our attorneys
It is also advised to keep detailed notes of everything that took place leading to the accident, and after the accident at the scene. This will help to avoid the need to remember this information after days have gone by following the collision.
Injured? Contact Our Lawyers Today
At the law offices of O’Connor, Acciani and Levy, our auto collision attorneys have been serving the state for over 30 years, and have the experience, knowledge, and resources to achieve the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We believe that when any individual is injured due to the negligent actions of another person, that individual must be held accountable and pay for the losses and damages they have caused.
With locations located throughout Ohio and Northern Kentucky, listed below, our injury attorneys are able to serve clients throughout the entire state and elsewhere needed. Some of the Ohio locations our attorneys serve include, but are not limited to: