Being involved in a car accident can leave victims stressed out and overwhelmed, especially if they've suffered injuries. Car accident victims are likely to sustain mild to serious injuries, and in rare occasions, death. Fortunately, an injured victim of a Connecticut car accident can seek compensation, but what if you were a passenger?
Usually, when there's an auto accident claim, it involves one driver suing the other. However, passengers can also get hurt. If you were hurt while a passenger in a car accident in CT, you might be wondering if you have a case against the driver of the vehicle you were in. The answer is yes, but we will explain further below.
Can an Injured Passenger Sue The Driver of the Car They Were In?
Yes, you can file a lawsuit against the driver of a car you were traveling in if you were injured as a passenger in a car accident. However, in order to file a claim against the driver of the car you were traveling in, you must demonstrate that the driver was at fault.
Evidence of the driver's negligence that caused the accident is required in order to file an auto accident claim against the driver of the vehicle you were traveling in. Typical causes that would prove fault include:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Distracted driving
- Driving while drowsy
- Driving recklessly
- Failing to use a turn signal
You may be apprehensive about filing a claim against a friend who was the driver. But, you must realize that filing a claim is one of your options for getting your losses covered, such as medical bills, lost wages, etc. The payment will be made by their insurance company, not your friend's personal bank account, so you must keep in mind.
Is it Possible to Sue Both Drivers?
Let's say that an accident happens that resulted in you being injured. Both the driver of the car you were riding in and the driver of the other vehicle are liable. In such a situation, you may be able to file a claim against both drivers, if both committed acts of negligence that resulted in the car accident.
Each driver will be given a percentage of fault if you submit a claim against both your driver and the other driver. If your claim is successful, the compensation will then be divided among the drivers according to their respective percentage of fault.
CT Car Accident Lawyers at Brandon J. Broderick
Being hurt in a car accident as a passenger can be scary. But let's say you think someone else's negligence caused your injury. If that happens, you might be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to get any damages paid for.
Working with a CT car accident lawyer from Brandon J. Broderick will give you the best chance at getting fair compensation. We have experience handling auto accident cases and our representation can make a huge impact on how your case turns out. When you retain our services, you can be confident that you will have a team behind you fighting for your interests and prioritizing your needs. We only get paid if we win your case; our fees are contingent. You won't have to pay if we lose.
For a free consultation, get in touch with Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law today.