Recently d’Oliveira & Associates attorney, D. Robin Gouveia, obtained a combined $100,000 settlement from Safeco Insurance for a New Bedford woman, who was injured in a car accident. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle that struck a parked car. The impact was on our client’s side of the vehicle, which caused her to sustain head and shoulder injuries. Due to her injuries sustained in this accident, our client missed valuable time at work, for which, she needed to also be compensated.
Attorney D. Robin Gouveia said, “We confirmed the policy limits of the Defendants policy quickly and made a demand for this amount due to the severity of the client’s injuries. The insurer made attempts to settle for amounts which were under the limits but we remained firm on our demand. We argued the medical evidence and ultimately convinced the insurer to make an offer of the full limits. We then negotiated with the lienholders to maximize the client’s net settlement.”
Being involved in a car accident as a passenger presents unique challenges. As a passenger, you have no ability to control the actions of the driver. You cannot break for them or swerve the vehicle out of the way of danger. You are completely reliant on the driving capabilities of the vehicle operator. While the comparative negligence laws of Rhode Island may try to attribute some fault to the passenger, it is highly unlikely that you, as the passenger, will be found at fault at all. Regardless, if you were injured as a passenger in a vehicle, you should seek legal advice right away.
Contact a New Bedford Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost income, among other related losses. Our New Bedford Car Accident Lawyers know how to negotiate with insurance companies to get you the best possible settlement or award of your claim. Please call our New Bedford office at 508-984-8400 or fill out an online contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.