Our Law Firm Represents Injured Passengers
Take control of what happens next
Over the decades, some of the most challenging legal cases we've handled at our law firm often involve injuries to passengers. You were involved in an accident that wasn't your fault. Now you have to deal with the consequences for weeks, months or even years. The passenger injury attorneys at NLE Law know what you're going through. And we would be proud to be your legal advocates.
Passengers are normally exempt from liability
Under Washington law, someone involved in a car accident as a passenger is generally exempt from liability for the accident. That means the passenger cannot be held responsible for causing the accident in most cases. That's because fault for an accident is presumed to lie with someone who was physically in control of the vehicle at the time of the crash.
There are exceptions to this rule, but they are very rare. For instance, if you did something directly to interfere with the driver's operation of the vehicle, such as grabbing the wheel, you could be held liable for the accident and any resulting injuries. Otherwise, the person liable for your injuries is most likely the operator of a vehicle - which may be the driver of the car you were in, the driver of another car, or both.
These cases can be complex, and we're here to help
If your accident was caused by the driver of another car, we can handle your claim in much the same manner that we'd handle a claim for an injured motorist. We'll contact the other driver's insurance company. We'll negotiate for compensation based on the extent of your injuries. We'll take them to trial if they don't play fair.
In many cases, the person at fault for a passenger's injury is the driver of the car the passenger was in. If you're in that situation, you may feel as though you have no decent options. The driver may be a friend, colleague or family member. You know you need fair compensation, but you don't want to take legal action against a friend or family member.
Remember, even if an acquaintance is named as a defendant in a lawsuit, you're not trying to take your friend's money. Such lawsuits are fairly common in the world of injury law. The goal is simply to get your friend or family member's insurance company to provide the coverage they owe you - coverage that your friend paid premiums for in the first place.
Providing committed and caring representation for victims
Our attorneys are sensitive to the personal relationships that can come into play in passenger injury cases. In most cases, we're able to handle your claim by negotiating directly with an insurance company. That way, your friend or relative doesn't have to get directly involved. The goal is to help you recover without endangering the relationships you value.
That's why we strongly encourage you to schedule a free, confidential consultation with our law firm as soon as possible. There's no cost and absolutely no obligation. We just want to make you aware of your legal rights and options. Contact us online or call (206) 623-7520 today.