Every year, vehicle collisions kill or seriously injure millions of Americans, including drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and motor vehicle passengers.

Many are surprised to learn that injured passengers, along with all other victims, have the same legal and financial rights to claim compensation for their injuries, which can range from less-than-deadly to non-permanent but still significant.

In Pennsylvania & New Jersey, our attorneys at Gay Chacker & Ginsburg are committed to defending your rights. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for physical injuries, loss of income, or a decreased future earning potential. Even a short period of work loss after a serious injury can be financially crippling. Our experienced car accident attorneys in Philadelphia have successfully won numerous cases, securing fair compensation for our clients.

Regardless of whether you’re a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, our firm is dedicated to ensuring your medical bills are handled, you receive fair compensation for your injuries, and any potential future financial losses or medical needs are considered. Consulting with an attorney soon after the accident is crucial to receive sound advice on your legal rights and to preserve valuable evidence and witness statements.

Call us to learn how we can fight for you.

How Our Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers Can Help

Our team at Gay Chacker & Ginsburg understands the strategies used by insurance companies to defend claims. This knowledge allows us to level the playing field for your case to achieve a positive settlement or verdict. If you’ve been injured in an accident, make sure to:

  • Contact police and file a report of the accident.
  • Document the scene with pictures and/or video if possible.
  • See a physician immediately to document all injuries.

Contact Gay Chacker & Ginsburg to discuss your compensation rights.
Litigation may become complicated when the vehicle involved is underinsured or uninsured. Our car accident lawyers have the expertise to quickly evaluate your case for a favorable outcome, ensuring you don’t bear the financial burden of an accident alone.

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Passenger Injuries: A Case Study

In 2019, our Philadelphia passenger injury lawyers obtained a $1.9 million judgment in a case the insurance company tried to settle for peanuts.

Our client, who was a passenger in an SUV, was sideswiped by another vehicle. As a result, he suffered massive head and back injuries. He was forced to undergo spinal fusion surgery, and as a result, his ability to work was severely compromised.

An insurance company expert testified that our client’s injuries were not severe. But our professional team kept fighting. We always work with top doctors who are able to explain things to jurors without talking down to them. As a result, our client obtained the compensation he needs to live the rest of his life.

FAQs

Passenger injury victims usually have many questions about their legal and financial rights. Here are some of the ones we answer most frequently.

What happens to a passenger in a car crash?

Passengers are subject to the same forces in a car crash as drivers. The resulting injuries can include broken bones, head injuries, and internal wounds. Injured passengers, like injured drivers, need money to put their lives back together after such a wreck. Our Philadelphia passenger injury lawyers obtain fair compensation for these injuries.

What Types of Damages Can I Recover?

Damages in Philadelphia car accident cases are generally divided into the following categories:

Economic damages: Economic damages aim to provide compensation all out-of-pocket costs that the party responsible for your crash inflicts on the victim and his/her family. This includes compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages and other income, and lost earning potential.

Non-economic damages: Non-economic damages provide additional compensation for harm that is less easily quantifiable. The most common type of non-economic damages is for “pain and suffering,” which places a dollar amount on how much the victim and his/her family has suffered as a result of the collision. In tragic situations where a person is killed in a collision, additional non-economic damages may be awarded to the victim’s family for things like loss of companionship, loss of consortium, and loss of life enjoyment.

Punitive damages: While compensatory damages aim to make an accident victim whole, punitive damages, as their name suggests, are intended to punish the at-fault driver for their actions. In Pennsylvania, punitive damages are only awarded in situations where the at-fault driver’s actions where extreme, intentional, or particularly egregious. Punitive damages are rare and reserved for only the worst behavior under Pennsylvania law.

How much money can a passenger in a car accident get?

Injured passengers are entitled to the same settlement amount as injured drivers.

How Long Will it Take to Settle My Case?

Just as every accident case is valued differently, the timeline of your accident case will vary depending on the specifics of your situation. Accident claims can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to settle. Some factors that may influence the length of time required to resolve your claim include the scale and severity of your injuries, the cooperation of the involved insurance companies, and if your case ends up going to trial.

Injured in a Vehicle Collision? Why You Need Gay Chacker & Ginsburg on Your Side

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, whether it involved another car, van, bus, or tractor-trailer, securing significant compensation can be a daunting task. Successfully filing an accident claim and proving liability requires expert navigation through complex legal terrains. That’s where our experienced Philadelphia passenger injury lawyers come in.

Why Choose Us?

  • Expert Guidance: Our attorneys offer personalized advice and guide you through every step of your case. From the moment of the accident, we’re here to help. We advise against giving statements or signing documents at the scene or to any adjusters or investigators who contact you post-crash.
  • Comprehensive Strategy: We review your case thoroughly to create a strong legal defense aimed at recovering your accident damages.
  • No Upfront Legal Fees: We believe in providing access to justice without the burden of upfront costs in personal injury matters.
  • Health First: Pain from an accident might not be immediate. We emphasize the importance of medical evaluation, either at an ER or with your primary doctor, once symptoms manifest.

Remember, a crash can lead to not only physical injuries but also loss of income, affecting both you and your family’s well-being.

For a free consultation and to learn how we can help you navigate the aftermath of a car accident, contact Gay Chacker & Ginsburg, Attorneys at Law. Let us help you secure the compensation you deserve.