Fargo Passenger Injury Attorney
Were You Injured as a Passenger? Call Our Lawyers Today!
While it can be frightening to get into a
car accident as a driver, it’s probably even worse if you’re a passenger.
A total of 22,543 passenger vehicle occupants died in 2015, and side impact
collisions accounted for 25% of these deaths. Those sitting shotgun or
in the backseat have no control over the direction and speed of the car.
There’s also the question of what to do if you are injured. As the
injured party, you are typically entitled to compensation for the following
from one of the drivers who caused the crash:
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- Medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
Third Party Passenger Claim
North Dakota is a no-fault car insurance state, meaning no matter who caused
the accident, each person’s auto insurance pays for their own injuries
and damages. The insurance of the driver in whose car you were sitting
will likely cover your medical expenses up to a certain amount. However,
there is a threshold. In order to step outside the no-fault system and
bring a claim against the other driver, the total necessary medical expenses
you incurred because of the accident must be more than $2,500. Additionally,
if you or the covered person suffered “serious or permanent disfigurement
or disability” that lasts more than 60 days, you could also make
a claim against the other driver. In
catastrophic injury cases, medical bills can cost someone thousands of dollars in medical
bills, rehabilitation, and lost wages, so it isn’t too hard to exceed
the threshold. The no-fault system only covers personal injury, however.
If you also suffered property damage, you can pursue compensation from
the at-fault driver in order to seek compensation for your destroyed goods.
How to File a Claim
After an accident, you should gather the insurance information for all
vehicles involved in the crash, write down witness reports, and file a
claim with our own insurance policy. Make sure you get medical treatment
and follow your doctor’s advice. The next thing to do is to call
an experienced car accident lawyer who can advise you on the next course
of action. He or she can also help you complete a liability and medical
investigation and can assist you with a settlement demand. You can decide
to settle, or you can pursue a lawsuit with the help of your lawyer if
the settlement doesn't cover the cost of your expenses.
Call Our Experienced Attorneys Today
If you’re unsure how to proceed with filing a personal injury claim
as a passenger, give our skilled Fargo personal injury lawyers a call.
We understand suffering an injury can be extremely traumatic, especially
since you might be coping with physical pain and financial losses on top
of emotional harm. Our firm has more than 30 years of legal experience
to offer your case. Marquard & Associates is also devoted to helping
injury victims and their families, and we have a proven track record of
hundreds of successful cases to draw from. Because we understand you might
be facing financial stress, we also work on a contingency fee basis, meaning
we don’t get paid unless you do. We are confident we can successfully
win a financial recovery for you.
To get your case started today,
contact us at (888) 288-4756 or fill out our online form to schedule your free case