How to Handle a Car Accident Between FriendsMar 30, 2018 Car Accidents Legal Blog Ohio Personal Injury
Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
If you were injured in a car accident while you were a passenger in your friend’s car, you may be unsure of what to do in this uncomfortable situation. You are likely asking yourself how you can get compensated for your medical bills and other damages without hurting your relationship with your friend.
Read on to learn how to handle a car accident between friends. If you’ve sustained an injury in a car accident that occurred while your friend was behind the wheel, contact our experienced Ohio car accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick today at 1-800-HURT-NOW.
Who Could Be Liable?
If you got hurt in a car accident as a passenger, you should pursue a claim against every party that may be liable. This way, you’ll increase your chances of receiving the fair compensation you deserve. You may be able to file a claim against the following parties:
- Your friend – If your friend’s negligence was the cause of the crash, they may be responsible for paying for your damages.
- The other driver – If the accident was the result of the other driver’s negligence, you may be able to file a claim with their insurer.
- Manufacturer – In the event a defective car or vehicle part played a role in your injuries, you might be able to pursue a claim against the manufacturer of the car or faulty part.
- The owner of the vehicle – The other driver may not necessarily be the owner of the vehicle. If the owner allowed the negligent driver to drive their car, they may be held liable.
- The employer of the negligent driver – If the other driver was driving for their job, their employer may be able to compensate you for your damages.
Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty Pursuing a Claim Against a Friend
You may be hesitant to file a claim against your friend because you don’t want to hurt your relationship with them or leave them with a financial burden. It’s important to understand that if you pursue a claim against your friend, they won’t have to pay you out-of-pocket.
Their insurance company will be responsible for compensating you for your damages. Although your friend’s insurance rates may increase due to your claim, this will likely happen anyway when they file for their own damages or other passengers pursue a claim.
Even if you don’t believe your friend is responsible for causing the accident, the insurance company of the negligent driver may argue that they were in order to deny or reduce your claim. If you do not file a claim against the driver of the vehicle you were riding in, you may only receive a small portion of what you may be entitled to if your friend is found at least partially liable.
Hurt in a Car Accident Between Friends? Contact our Car Accident Attorneys Today
If you were hurt in a car accident while your friend was in the driver’s seat, it is in your best interest to reach out to the Ohio car accident lawyers of Kisling, Nestico & Redick today. We may be able to help you file a claim against your friend and/or another party so that you can recover compensation and move on with your life.
Contact us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free, initial case consultation.