Fort Worth Car Accident Lawyer Handling Passenger Injuries
Attorney Coby L. Wooten fights for the compensation you deserve
A car accident affects more than the drivers who are involved. Passengers in the cars can also be affected. They can be left with serious injuries. They may miss time from work just as their medical expenses are adding up. Injured passengers in a car accident deserve financial compensation, but the legal process can be very complicated.
Coby L. Wooten, Attorney at Law, P.C. has been fighting for the injured for decades, litigating cases throughout Texas and the United States. He has won sizable verdicts and negotiated large settlements for clients. He knows the challenges facing injured passengers and is ready to fight for your rights.
A car accident can affect passengers physically, emotionally and financially. They can be left with serious injuries and find their lives have been turned upside down. Medical expenses add up very quickly and can become overwhelming.
Experienced attorney who fights for injured passengers
If a negligent driver caused the accident that left them injured, passengers have the right to take legal action to recover compensation. In some cases, they may feel awkward about that, because the negligent driver was a friend or family member driving the car that they were in at the time of the crash.
It is important to remember that taking legal action to recover compensation is not about getting the driver into trouble. You are simply trying to get the insurance company to meet their responsibilities. Attorney Coby L. Wooten fights the insurance companies to get them to pay you the compensation you deserve.
What are my rights as a passenger in a car accident in Texas?
As a passenger involved in a car accident, you have the right to pursue legal action against the party who caused your accident. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to recover compensation for economic damages like medical bills, lost income, and other objectively measurable costs, as well as non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. This is true whether the at-fault driver is the driver of the vehicle you were in or the driver of another vehicle involved in the wreck.
Who pays my medical bills?
It depends on the circumstances. Usually, in Texas, the at-fault driver is responsible for the cost of the accident, including your medical bills. You can file a third-party liability claim with that driver’s insurance company. You also have the right to seek compensation through a lawsuit.
Complications may arise if you were a passenger in an Uber or Lyft accident. There are two insurance policies that can possibly cover your medical bills: the Uber driver’s personal auto insurance or the rideshare company’s insurance. If another vehicle was involved, that vehicle’s insurance may also be liable. These cases are complex and may require legal action, so it is in your best interest to consult with an attorney to learn your legal options.
If the vehicle you were in has medical payments coverage (MedPay), then you may also be able to get your medical bills covered under that policy, regardless of fault. This is an optional type of insurance in Texas.
What if my children were the passengers in a car accident?
As far as the legal system is concerned, there are several differences for an accident involving children. First, a child cannot bring a lawsuit on their own; their parent or guardian must file the lawsuit on their behalf. Technically, your child will usually have two years from their 18th birthday to file a lawsuit, but practically speaking, it’s very difficult if not impossible to gather the evidence needed to win a car accident claim long after the accident itself. So, unless the child happens to be very close to their 18th birthday when the accident happens, their parent or guardian needs to take prompt legal action on their behalf.
Having an attorney is particularly important in cases involving children to ensure that the child’s interests are protected. The court may also appoint a guardian ad litem to make sure the legal process benefits the child’s needs instead of the parents’ needs.
In addition, when a child is injured, there are special considerations for how the accident may have affected the child’s growth and development. An attorney can help you navigate this situation and advocate for full compensation for your child.
Injured passengers need an experienced attorney on their side
Insurance companies are not on your side. They will try to find ways to limit your compensation. For example, they may question the seriousness of your injuries. They may seek access to your medical records to look for evidence that your injuries were pre-existing. They may offer you a lowball settlement that falls far short of covering the damages you suffered.
Our firm builds strong cases that insurance companies can’t ignore so they will take your claim seriously. We have investigators who look closely at your accident to get the facts. We carefully review accident reports and medical records. We interview witnesses and, if needed, consult accident reconstruction experts and medical specialists.
Call today for a free case evaluation
Attorney Coby L. Wooten knows how to build a case that proves a driver’s negligence left you injured. He determines the total damages you have suffered and demands compensation. This includes compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to your injuries, lost wages if you couldn’t work and other damages, such as pain and suffering.
Our firm works on a contingency fee basis. That means there no upfront fees or other costs. You owe us nothing unless we recover compensation for you.
If you were injured in a car accident as a passenger in Fort Worth, call the attorney with a proven track record of success. Learn more about how attorney Coby L. Wooten can help. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation. He can review the details of your accident, go over your legal options and answer any questions you have.