Capable Representation for Passenger Injuries in Connecticut Car Accidents
Hamden personal injury lawyers seek fair compensation for injured riders
Victims of auto accidents are most frequently the drivers of the cars involved, but passengers often are harmed as well. Passengers of one car may sue the driver of the other car and/or they may sue the driver of the car in which they were riding. The latter circumstance puts the injured passenger in the position of needing their own legal counsel. Gesmonde, Pietrosimone & Sgrignari, L.L.C. represents passengers injured in Connecticut auto accidents. For decades, we have worked to uphold our clients’ rights and to deliver the monetary compensation they need and deserve.
What passengers should do after an auto accident
As a passenger, you may have been just along for the ride. But if you’re injured in an accident, you have to advocate for yourself. That means you should call the police if one of the drivers has not done so. If possible, get contact and insurance information from all drivers and take pictures of the accident scene and any vehicle damage. You should seek medical treatment, even if you don’t have visible injuries or feel severe pain. You should then contact a personal injury lawyer who can determine your legal remedies.
How to file a car accident claim as a passenger in Connecticut
When you are the victim of an auto accident, you can file a damages claim against the at-fault drivers. The drivers’ insurance companies must pay compensation to victims. But as a passenger, it can be difficult to know which drivers were at-fault. You might have to file a claim against another driver, your own driver or both. Do not let the prospect of filing a claim against a friend’s insurance company deter you. Your friend purchased insurance to protect him or her from liability for causing harm to others, including you.
Your best course of action is to entrust your case to an experienced Connecticut auto accident lawyer. Your lawyer will ensure that all the legal bases are covered, so that you can be compensated no matter who is found liable. Hiring an attorney also removes the personal element from the case, so you don’t have to feel as though events have pitted you against a friend. In many cases, your attorney will be able to negotiate a fair settlement directly with the insurance company, without your friend being involved. You can have peace of mind and simply focus on recovering your health, while your attorney works to obtain the compensation you deserve.
What to do if you are a passenger in a rideshare accident
If you’re hurt while a passenger of a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft, the driver might have been at least partly responsible for the accident. Uber recommends you contact the rideshare company directly through its website to file your claim. Doing this on your own is inadvisable, because you may inadvertently make a statement against your interest that the company will use against you in litigation. Instead, contact an experienced Connecticut auto accident attorney to handle your claim.
Contact our dedicated Connecticut lawyers for your auto accident case
Gesmonde, Pietrosimone & Sgrignari, L.L.C. in East Haven and Hamden represents clients who have been injured as passengers in motor vehicle accidents throughout Connecticut. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer, please call 203-745-0942 or contact us online.