Vehicle Passenger Injuries And Wrongful Death Claims

More Vehicle Passengers Are Killed in Car Accidents in Massachusetts Than Are Motorcyclists

Fatal Car Accident Attorneys, Brockton, MA

Cars in trafficWhen you get into someone’s car as a passenger you are putting your trust and safety in the hands of the driver that is operating the car. Passengers are just as likely as drivers to suffer injuries in an accident.  Most drivers, in the moments leading up to a crash, usually take last second measures to position the car in a way that lessens their own injuries. It is a natural instinct and passengers can face increased exposure as a result.

As the following data shows roughly 24% of all those killed in vehicle crashes (excluding motorcyclists) are passengers.  And, as dangerous as motorcycles are, more car passengers are killed in Massachusetts each year than motorcyclists.

Massachusetts Vehicle Crash Statistics

Traffic Crash Victims 2012 2013 2014
Occupants
Drivers 225 212 212
Passengers 58 49 55
Other/Unknown 2 5 5
Non-Motorists
Pedestrians 82 79 74
Bicyclists 16 6 8

Source: Massachusetts State Website

Passenger Injuries and Wrongful Death Attorneys Serving Greater Boston And All Of SE Massachusetts

It is common for passengers involved in motor vehicle accidents to believe that they do not have a claim for personal injuries if the driver of the car they were in was at fault. Under Massachusetts law passengers almost always have a claim for injuries or lost wages against the driver’s insurance company.

It’s important for you to understand all your legal options. In some situations you may be able to seek recovery for your injuries against more than one person. We understand that you might have a close personal relationship with the driver. But if he or she was negligent and caused your injuries you shouldn’t be the one left on the hook for your lost wages and medical expenses. People purchase insurance for a reason. Going against your friend’s insurance company isn’t the same thing as going after your friend personally.

We can help you through the entire process of filing a claim through to settlement, and if necessary, take your case to trial.  For a free consultation and case evaluation contact our law offices today and learn more about your rights and the value of your case.

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