When you are a passenger in a single-vehicle accident, often times it seems that the only viable option is to pursue financial compensation from the individual who was driving the vehicle you were in. Although this is a viable option, and their insurance should cover your initial medical bills, that is not your only option in pursuing compensation. Here is what you need to do and what some of your options may include in a single-vehicle car accident.
Hire A Lawyer
The first thing you need to do is hire lawyer who specializes in car accidents. Try to choose a lawyer who has had success in getting compensation for victims of single-vehicle accidents. As you look around for a lawyer, ask the lawyers you speak with what their approach is when someone is seriously injured in a single car accident. Ideally, you are looking for a lawyer to tell you that they would launch an investigation into the accident and find out what factors lead to the accident.
Investigate The Accident
The lawyer you hire should be willing to investigate the accident. Just because the accident only involved one vehicle and one driver does not mean that the driver bears full responsibility for what happened.
Your lawyer should interview the driver, and find out from the driver exactly what they saw and felt right before and as the crash was happening. Your lawyer should also interview you as well as any other passengers in the vehicle and anyone else who may have been a witness to the accident.
From there, your lawyer should have an engineer inspect the car for mechanical problems and to determine what happened to the vehicle that may have contributed to the accident.
Once the investigation is complete, your lawyer should have a better idea about how to move forward. The investigation may have revealed that the brakes were faulty, or that the tires on the vehicle were damaged. Or perhaps the investigation revealed that something fell off the vehicle in front of you and caused the accident.
A good lawyer will get to the heart of the matter and figure out what really caused the accident. Once they figure out what caused the accident, they will work with you to take action and pursue compensation for you through this other avenues. For example, if something fell off a nearby truck, and your accident was caused by the driver swerving to miss the object, you could pursue a case for your injuries against the driver of the truck and the owner of the business that owns the truck.
Don't give up pursuing the compensation that you deserve after an accident just because there was only one driver involved. An experience car accident attorney will investigate the crash and figure out who else can be held responsible for your injuries. Contact a business, such as Zavodnick, Perlmutter & Boccia LLC, for more information.