Waldorf Accident Attorney for Claims Involving Injuries to Children and Other Passengers
If you were injured while riding as a passenger, or if your child was injured while riding in someone else’s car, it will be important for you to speak with an attorney about your legal rights. While it is possible to recover compensation for adult and child passenger injuries, filing a successful claim can be challenging, so you will want to have an experienced Waldorf auto accident attorney on your side.
Passenger and Child Injuries in Auto Accidents: Who is Liable?
Determining liability for passenger or child injuries in an auto accident requires a comprehensive investigation and a thorough assessment of the circumstances involved. Several companies could potentially be liable; but, to file a claim, you need to know which company (or companies) deserve to be held accountable.
Depending on the circumstances involved in your (or your child’s) accident, the companies that could be liable for your (and your family’s) losses include:
- Your (or Your Child’s) Driver’s Insurance Company – If the driver of the vehicle in which you or your child was riding was at fault in the accident, then his or her insurance company will likely have to pay for your losses.
- Another Driver’s Insurance Company – If another driver was at fault in the accident, then that driver’s insurance company should have to pay for your family’s medical bills, loss of income, and other losses.
- A State or Local Government Agency – If the accident involved a pothole, low shoulder, poorly-timed stop light or any other issue with the road, then the Maryland State Highway Administration or a local government agency may be responsible.
- A Vehicle Manufacturer, Dealership or Maintenance Shop – If a vehicle defect or negligent repair caused one of the driver’s vehicles to malfunction, then a manufacturer, dealership or maintenance shop could be liable.
- Another Party’s Insurance Company – If a negligent cyclist or pedestrian, an employer, or any other “third party” made a poor decision that ultimately led to your (or your child’s) accident, then that party’s insurance company could be liable for your losses.
What if A Friend or Family Member is to Blame for My (or My Child’s) Injuries?
In some cases, passenger and child injuries will result from a friend or family member’s negligent driving. If a friend or family member is to blame for your (or your child’s) injuries, then recovering your family’s losses may involve filing a claim with his or her insurance company.
While this may give you pause, it is important to understand that this situation is exactly what auto insurance is for. You can recover your family’s losses without your friend or loved one paying anything out of pocket, and you can rest assured that your friend or loved one would want you to take advantage of the coverage that he or she has available.
Discuss Your Claim with The Law Offices of Thomas E. Pyles for Free
For more information about filing a passenger or child injury claim for an auto accident in Waldorf, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at The Law Offices of Thomas E. Pyles. To speak with an experienced Waldorf auto accident attorney for free, call 301-705-5006 or tell us how we can help online now.