I was a passenger in a roadway departure accident.

As a passenger, you likely just experienced one of the scariest moments of your life. The car that you were riding in unexpectedly went off the road. The driver couldn’t control the vehicle, and you couldn’t stop the crash from happening. Now, you are suffering from significant injuries. You are getting medical treatment for your injuries, but you still need to protect your legal recovery.

First, Find Out Who Caused the Accident

Roadway departure accidents happen for a variety of reasons, none of which are the fault of the passenger.

A car may veer off the roadway because of the driver of your vehicle or another negligent vehicle. If the driver of your vehicle is negligent, then the driver may lose control and drive off the road. If another driver is negligent, then the driver of your car may swerve off the road to avoid a collision. These types of accidents could happen, for example, if either driver is:

  • Exceeding the speed limit
  • Driving too fast for the current road conditions
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Distracted
  • Fatigued

Additionally, a car defect can cause a driver to lose control and drive off the road or swerve to avoid a crash. Examples of car defects that cause roadway departures include:

  • Tire blowouts
  • Faulty brakes
  • Steering malfunctions

Next, Get the Car Crash Compensation You Deserve

You deserve full compensation for your accident injuries, whether the driver of your vehicle, the driver of another vehicle, a car manufacturer, a car mechanic, or some combination of these parties caused your crash.

Our experienced Iowa car accident lawyers will find out exactly what caused your crash so that we can fight for your fair recovery of past and future medical costs, lost income, out-of-pocket expenses, physical pain, emotional suffering, and other car accident damages.

Most car accident recoveries come from insurance companies. Therefore, even if the driver of your car was your friend, you can still make a fair recovery without causing your friend financial hardship.

To learn more about what to do after a roadway departure wreck, please call us or start a live chat with us at any time. Your first consultation is always free, and we are pleased to offer you our Win or It’s Free Guarantee!


Jason F. Abraham
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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.