A Fresno woman has filed a lawsuit against multiple defendants for a claim arising from a car accident in 2015. The victim claims she suffered physical injuries, pain, and medical expenses arising from a car accident in July 2015. The lawsuit alleges that one of the defendants was the driver of the vehicle that pulled out in front of the vehicle that the woman was riding in thereby causing an “unavoidable collision.” She claims the driver was at fault for the crash and, therefore, should compensate her for her damages.
If you were injured as a passenger, we can help you recover compensation. Call 1-800-954-4444 to schedule a free consultation with a Fresno accident attorney.
Passenger Injury Claims in Auto Accidents
When a passenger is injured in a car accident, he or she has a claim against one or more parties for damages. Damages may include physical pain, medical bills, emotional suffering, lost wages, and other out-of-pocket expenses related to the crash. The person who is responsible for the passenger’s damages is determined by who caused the collision.
A passenger is an innocent person in the accident. The passenger did not have control over either vehicle so the passenger cannot be at fault for the collision. If the driver of the vehicle that the passenger was riding in caused the crash, the passenger’s claim would be against that driver. Even though it can be difficult to sue a person that you know or you are related to, it may be necessary if the insurance company refuses to settle the claim for a fair amount.
On the other hand, if the other driver caused the collision, the passenger’s claim is against that driver. However, the same outcome applies if the insurance company for that driver refuses to pay full compensation — the passenger must file a lawsuit against the other driver.
A third scenario that is less common but can occur involves both drivers being at fault for the collision. If the driver of the passenger’s vehicle was speeding at the same time that another driver ran a stop sign causing a collision, both drivers might be found at fault for the passenger’s injuries. In this case, you would file a claim against the insurance companies for both drivers. In cases where damages are substantial, it can help to have two insurance companies liable for damages.
Filing a Passenger Injury Claim
As a passenger, you deserve to have your expenses paid for injuries sustained in a car accident. You also deserve to receive compensation for your pain and inconvenience.
Because you were a passenger, your injury claim should be straightforward; however, insurance companies often make the claims process more difficult and complicated than it should be for a passenger. When insurance companies argue about who is at fault for a collision, it can place you in the middle of a fight that delays payment of your compensation.
If you have been injured as a passenger, our Fresno accident lawyers can help. Call Torem & Associates at 1-800-954-4444 or contact our office online by using the contact form on our website. Our Fresno accident attorneys offer free consultations. We accept most cases on a contingency basis, so you don’t pay us until we recover compensation on your behalf.