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25 Jun

What to do if you are injured as a passenger in a car in Ohio?

If you have been involved in an accident in which you were injured, and you were a passenger in someone else’s car then you may be wondering how to recover damages for the injuries you sustained.  The good news is that passengers generally don’t have to worry about liability, which should help to make the legal process a little less confusing.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Before you do anything, assess yourself and your surroundings as best possible to see if you or anyone else has been injured and needs medical attention.  If you were involved in a less serious accident and feel like you can safely speak with the other driver and exchange information, then you may do so.  You will need the insurance information from your driver and the other drivers who were involved in the accident.  You should also make sure to obtain a copy of the accident report from the police and information from any witnesses. If you went to the hospital immediately after the accident or you followed up with your doctor a few day later, then you need to keep copies of a records, bills, and notes given to you by your doctor.

Before you file a claim, you will need to know who the at-fault party is because you can only pursue compensation for your injuries against a negligent driver.  Sometimes your claim might be filed against multiple drivers, if more than one person was at fault.  In some situations, you might even have to file a claim against the driver of the car you were in.  Many people are reluctant to do this, as often the driver is a friend of family member. However, it is important to understand that your friend or family member has insurance for situations like these and that you are attempting to collect compensation from their insurance; you are not having them pay out of pocket to you.

Accidents are confusing so it important to make sure you are taking the proper steps to maximize your chances at filing a successful claim.  In order to do this, the best thing you can do is hire a competent attorney to assist you.  The attorneys at Tompkins, Selph & Associates are ready and able to assist you if you have been a passenger in a motor vehicle accident and suffered injuries.

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