Car accidents are capable of causing severe and fatal injuries, no matter where occupants may be sitting when the wrecks occur. Seeking compensation can be easy for injured passengers as they are rarely to blame for traffic accidents. Whether the negligent party is another driver or the driver of the vehicle they were riding in (or both), passengers are entitled to compensation.
NJ.com reports that a 21-year-old man from Howell Township was killed after the car he was riding in struck several trees off Alexander Avenue on April 16 shortly after 10 p.m. Police said the vehicle’s 20-year-old driver, also of Howell, was driving east with two passengers on Alexander Avenue when he lost control while negotiating a curve to the left, causing the car to leave the roadway and crash.
Rescue crews had to extricate the 3 occupants. The driver and the 21-year-old front passenger from Manalapan both suffered minor injuries. The backseat passenger, 21, from Howell, sustained severe head trauma. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Passengers are only riding in a vehicle, not operating it. This means they have no responsibility as they have no control. In general, passengers cannot be blamed for an accident, making their compensation claims more straightforward.
Every injured passenger of a vehicle, or the family of a passenger killed due to someone else’s negligence, has the right to legal action. In fact, passengers generally have more legal options than drivers in civil litigation. A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed against any negligent driver, even if that driver is a friend or a relative of the victim. This may sound harsh, but it’s the driver’s insurance company that ultimately pays the compensation to the surviving family.
Any relationship between the negligent driver and the victim does not prevent the injured person from obtaining fair compensation. An experienced personal injury can effectively make an injury or wrongful death claim less emotional.