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Passenger Injuries

Being a passenger inherently means you are not in control. You are subject to both the bad driving decisions of others on the road and to the bad decisions of the person you are riding with. You are, however, subject to the exact same severity of injuries, and the passenger sometimes even gets the worst end of the bargain. Fortunately, the law gives passengers the same rights to recover for their damages.

Houston Passenger Injury Lawyer

If you've been the passenger victim of an auto accident, you may be able to recover, whether the responsible driver was the car you were in or the other car. Our Houston passenger injury lawyers at Wilhite & Associates, P.C., will fight for your recovery. Call us today at 281) 537-2171 to set up a free consultation to discuss your case.

We represent passengers who have been the victims of auto accidents throughout the Houston area, including Harris County, Montgomery County, Fort Bend County, Waller County, Washington County and Grimes County.

Houston Drivers Harm Passengers

In an auto accident, someone is at fault, and sometimes both drivers are. One of the drivers is usually speeding, or texting while driving, or not following traffic law, and they cause an accident. It could be the driver in the other car, or it could be the driver of the car you're riding in. Regardless, the passenger is not in control of the car, so very rarely would the passenger be responsible.

If you are the passenger, therefore, and you get injured, your injuries were caused by someone else, and that someone else should pay for your recovery, and put you back in your rightful position. Under the law, negligence occurs when the defendant has a duty, breaches that duty and causes damages that are suffered by the plaintiff. In such an accident, you've suffered damages, and one or both of the drivers of the car likely caused those damages by breaching their duty to be a reasonable driver.

If you've been the passenger victim of an auto accident, you may seek recovery from the driver of the car you were in, the driver of the other car, or both.

Damages to Houston Passengers

The extent of your injuries depends most on the circumstances of the accident. If the car you were riding in was t-boned on the passenger side, your injuries could be quite severe. But even if you were in a car that was bumped from the rear end, you may experience whiplash and resulting severe and even disabling neck pain.

In any negligence claim, there are compensatory and exemplary damages. Compensatory damages are meant to compensate you for what you've lost. They include economic damages, which reimburse you for measurable, tangible expenses, like hospital bills and lost wages, and non-economic damages, which compensate you for less tangible damages, like pain and suffering or mental anguish. Exemplary damages, sometimes called punitive damages, are to punish a person. These are rare and only available in cases of gross negligence or actual malice. Your Houston auto accident attorney will be able to help you determine whether these are available.

Dealing with Houston Insurance Companies

Just like you were the driver, if you were a passenger victim, the responsible driver's required liability insurance should pay for your injuries. However, the insurance company could try to give you the run-around, since police reports may have less or no details about your injuries. An aggressive personal injury lawyer can take the insurance companies on. At Wilhite & Associates, P.C., we will negotiate with the insurance companies to get the best possible settlement. If you're not satisfied, though, we will take them to court.

Wilhite & Associates, P.C. | Texas Attorney for Passengers

If you've been the passenger victim of an auto accident, have a Houston passenger injury lawyer on your side. Call us at Wilhite & Associates, P.C. We're proud to represent Houston-area passengers, including passengers in accidents in The Woodlands, Cypress, Spring and Katy. Call us today at 281) 537-2171 so our lawyers can set up a free consultation.

Wilhite & Associates, P.C. represents clients from all over Southeast Texas, including:

Harris County - Aldine, Atascocita, Barrett, Barker, Baytown, Bellaire, Brownwood, Bunker Hill Village, Channelview, Clear Lake, Cloverleaf, Crosby, Cypress, Deer Park, East Houston, El Lago, Galena Park, Hedwig Village, Highlands, Hilshire Village, Houston, Hudson, Humble, Hunters Creek Village, Jacinto City, Jersey Village, Katy, Kingwood, Klein, La Porte, Louetta, Lynchburg, Nassau Bay, North Houston, Pasadena, Piney Point Village, Seabrook, Sheldon, Shoreacres, South Houston, Southside Place, Spring, Spring Valley, Taylor Lake Village, Tomball, Webster, West University Place

Montgomery County - Conroe, Cut and Shoot, Magnolia, Montgomery, Oak Ridge North, Panorama Village, Patton Village, Roman Forest, Shenandoah, Splendora, Stagecoach, Willis, Woodbranch, Woodloch, The Woodlands

Fort Bend County - Arcola, Beasley, Fairchilds, Fulshear, Kendleton, Meadows Place, Missouri City, Needville, Orchard, Pleak, Richmond, Rosenberg, Simonton, Stafford, Sugar Land, Thompsons

Waller County - Brookshire, Hempstead, Pattison, Pine Island, Prairie View, Waller

Grimes County - Anderson, Bedias, Iola, Navasota, Todd Mission

Washington County - Brenham, Burton, Chappell Hill

The hiring of a personal injury attorney or other civil law attorney is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide which Houston attorney to hire for your case, ask us to send you free written information about our legal experience and qualifications.

This site is sponsored by George W. Wilhite, P.C. Our principal office is located in Harris County, Texas at 17101 Kuykendahl Rd., Houston, TX 77068.

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