When a car accident happens in Roswell, the drivers of each vehicle are not the only people at risk. Everyone inside of a passenger vehicle—including all passengers—can become hurt and even killed during a collision. If you or a loved one was harmed in an accident that was not your fault, we urge you to speak with a Roswell passenger vehicle accident lawyer as soon as you can.
As the victim of a passenger vehicle accident, you may be entitled to full compensation for your damages. However, actually getting access to the recovery you deserve is easier said than done. That’s where John Foy & Associates is here to help.
We have spent the past 20 plus years helping countless injury victims win the money they need and deserve after an accident that was not their fault. We know what it takes to win cases and stand up to the insurance companies. To learn more and discuss your own situation with one of our attorneys for FREE, call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to schedule a FREE consultation.
Defining a Passenger Vehicle in Roswell
A passenger vehicle is a motor vehicle meant to carry passengers. Including the driver, passenger vehicles are designed to carry no more than nine people. Most drivers operate a passenger vehicle when getting from one destination to another.
Passenger vehicles include:
- Pickups and
- Passenger vans
Passenger vehicles can range from mini cars of around 2,000 pounds to very large SUVs weighing over 5,750 pounds.
According to 2018 facts from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), passenger vehicle occupants make up the largest percentage (63%) of motor vehicle accident deaths. While car occupant deaths have gone down in recent years, pickup and SUV occupant deaths have increased.
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Types of Passenger Vehicle Accidents
Passengers can become injured in any type of vehicle accident in Roswell. The most common cause of deaths, making up 56% of passenger vehicle deaths in 2018, was frontal collisions. Side collisions made up 23% of all passenger vehicle occupant deaths that same year. Other types of passenger vehicle accidents include rear-end collisions and rollovers.
How to Get Compensation from a Passenger Vehicle Accident in Roswell
If you live in Georgia and were not at fault for the accident that injured you, you should not have to pay for the costs. Passengers themselves are rarely ever at fault for a vehicle crash. Most of the time, one or more drivers are to blame for the collision. So, if you were a passenger in a vehicle crash, your damages should be covered by the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Actually getting the full compensation you deserve is not easy, however. Insurance companies care most about their bottom lines, which means they are skilled at looking for ways to pay less on a claim. You may run into trouble actually getting a settlement offer that covers all of your damages.
Thankfully, Roswell passenger vehicle accident lawyers are experienced in handling these types of claims and dealing with the insurance companies. Your lawyer can help you gather evidence from the accident, filing your claim for compensation, and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
Damages You Can Claim in a Passenger Vehicle Accident
When filing your claim, you’ll need to consider all of your losses from the accident. Your lawyer can help you calculate the total so you’ll know what type of settlement you deserve. Chances are high that the insurance company will try to offer you a lowball settlement that doesn’t come close to covering everything.
Here are some of the damages you can claim:
- Medical bills
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Some damages, such as medical costs and lost wages, can be fairly easily demonstrated through bills and receipts. You’ll want to keep track of all evidence of your costs to support your claim. On the other hand, pain and suffering damages are non-economic damages that cannot be easily demonstrated.
An experienced passenger vehicle accident lawyer can help show how the accident has impacted your life in non-economic ways. For example, if the accident left you with scarring or disfigurement that causes embarrassment, fear, or other types of suffering, a lawyer will know how to calculate the dollar amount that best compensates you for what you’ve experienced.
To schedule a FREE consultation with an experienced and compassionate lawyer today, call John Foy & Associates at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online. We’ll go over the details of your case and discuss how we can help you. There is no fee to you unless we win you money.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim After a Passenger Vehicle Death
Unfortunately, many occupants of passenger vehicles in Roswell lose their lives every year—at no fault of their own. If you lost a family member in this type of accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim to seek compensation for the value of the deceased loved one’s life and suffering.
While money can never make up for the loss of life, we find it does help family members cover costs from the accident and work to move on from what has happened. A lawyer can provide the legal services and support to help compensate your family for the accident damages.
If you are eligible to file a wrongful death case, you can claim damages like:
- Medical costs from the loved one’s last injury or illness
- Loss of income
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pain and suffering the loved one experienced before they died and
- Loss of consortium or companionship
Only certain family members are able to file a wrongful death claim, including the deceased’s spouse, children, parents, or a representative for the deceased’s estate. To know more, it’s best to discuss the details with an experienced lawyer in your area.
Talk to a Roswell Passenger Vehicle Accident Lawyer for Free Today
Don’t get left paying the costs of an accident someone else caused. If you were a driver or passenger in the vehicle that was hit, contact John Foy & Associates today. We can help you build a strong claim to seek the compensation you deserve.
Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online today. We’ll match you with the best attorney for your case and give you a FREE, no-risk consultation. We do not get paid unless we win you money. Call (404) 400-4000 to get started for FREE today.