When you are injured as a passenger in someone else’s vehicle, you may have more questions than the drivers involved in the crash. Depending on the extent of your injuries, your medical expenses, lost wages, and recovery needs may be overwhelming. Since you were not the one who was liable for the collision, who is responsible for the damages you sustained?
We have answers.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Passenger Injuries in Colorado?
Vehicle occupants are placed in a vulnerable position from entering a vehicle until they reach their destination. They are at the mercy of the driver they are riding with and those driving alongside them.
With no control over how their or other drivers operate their vehicles, getting hurt in a crash places passengers in a significantly challenging position when it comes time to pursue the liable party for their damages.
First, they must determine who was at fault for the crash.
That may include:
- The driver of the vehicle they were riding in.
When riding in a vehicle as a passenger, it is possible for the driver of the car you are in to be liable for the crash.
Speeding, impaired, and distracted drivers carry passengers, too. When they are not following the rules of the road or are negligently operating their vehicles, they can be held liable for their passengers’ injuries — or worse, fatalities.
When riding with a coworker, friend, or family member, this may be an uncomfortable conversation. Our Denver car accident and injury attorneys can help by pursuing the driver’s vehicle insurance coverage directly, removing you from the equation so that you can preserve your relationship.
- The other driver or a negligent third party.
If you were injured in a collision not caused by the driver of the vehicle you were in but by another driver or third party, we can pursue that driver — or a combination of other drivers who caused the crash — for your full financial recovery.
- The injured passenger’s personal vehicle motorist coverage.
If the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage — either of the car, you were in or the vehicle liable for the crash — policy limit does not cover your complete damages, you may be eligible to pursue your personal insurance policy if you carry uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
Contact Our Experienced Auto Accident Attorneys in Denver, Colorado Today
If you have been injured in a vehicle collision in Colorado or tragically lost a loved one who was a passenger, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver who caused the crash.
We can help you prove who was liable for the collision by investigating the overall injury circumstances that led you to our law office. Our Denver auto accident lawyers will help you understand your legal rights and options to pursue the best forms of insurance coverage to meet your injury needs.