Passenger Injury Attorneys Serving Millersville, Maryland
If you’re a passenger in a vehicle involved in an accident, and if you have sustained an injury as a result, you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. As a passenger, you may have a claim against both the driver of the vehicle in which you were riding as well as the drivers of any other vehicles (or any other negligent party) involved in the collision. A passenger is generally not considered to be at fault, or partially at fault, for causing an accident unless he or she does something to cause an accident (such as distract the driver). Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to determine who is at fault for causing your injuries.
For more information on Passenger Injuries In Maryland, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking and talk to Arnold F. Phillips by calling today. We serve the areas of Millersville, Cumberland, McHenry, Garrett County, and Allegany County, Maryland.
In Maryland, a person may not operate a motor vehicle unless the person and each occupant under 16 years old are restrained by a seat belt or a child safety seat. Md. Transp. Code § 22-412.3. If you are injured in an accident but you were not wearing your seatbelt at the time of the collision, insurance companies and their defense lawyers will attempt to argue that you would not have been injured — either not at all or significantly less so — if you were properly buckled in. In making this argument, the defense seeks to prove that you were “contributory negligence” in causing the injuries that were suffered during an accident. To use this defense, however, the other driver’s insurance company must prove that your unbuckled seatbelt contributed to, or was a cause of your injuries. In Maryland, however, failure to wear a seat belt is not considered evidence of contributory negligence. Md. Transp. Code § 22-412.3.
Many cases arise where serious damages are suffered by an accident victim who is not wearing a seatbelt. In some of these cases, a person has been ejected altogether from the vehicle. At The Law Office Phillips & Allen PA, we seek every means available when appropriate to attempt to prove that your injuries were caused by the negligent driver, not by your own failure to wear a seatbelt. Working together with expert biomechanical engineers and accident reconstructionists, we are often able to demonstrate that serious injuries would have occurred even if a seatbelt was worn at the time of an accident. Knowing who to contact and how to go about proving the cause of injury in these difficult cases enables us to make a difference for our clients in need of substantial compensation for serious injuries. Of course, you should always use your seat belt for safety reasons as well as legal ones.
For more information on Seatbelt Issues In Maryland, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking and talk to Arnold F. Phillips by calling today. We serve the areas of Millersville, Cumberland, McHenry, Garrett County, and Allegany County, Maryland.