The car accident lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. recently settled a case for $118,000. Our client in this case was a passenger in a car driven by a negligent driver.
This claim stems from a November accident where a driver was attempting to make a left turn. His view was obstructed by a large bus in front of him who was also attempting to make a left turn on a different road. Though the driver could not see oncoming traffic, he sped up and turned left anyway, seriously risking his safety as well as the safety of his passenger and other drivers on the road.
The driver turned into the path of an oncoming car and caused a collision. Our client was a passenger in the turning car at the time of the crash. The impact was so significant that our client’s vehicle rolled over, causing the roof of the car to indent into the passenger compartment more than 12 inches.
When the police responded to the scene, the driver admitted that his view of oncoming traffic was obscured but that he chose to turn anyway. The driver received a traffic citation for failing to yield the right-of-way when turning left.
Our client was unconscious immediately following the accident. He was transported to Lutheran General’s Emergency Department by ambulance where doctors examined him and performed tests. Our client was diagnosed with a concussion and a fractured leg. He remained in the hospital overnight so doctors could assess his cognitive function following his concussion.
After his discharge, our client sought follow up treatment for his injuries. While his leg healed, his ability to walk, drive, and work were affected as was his ability to think clearly. After some time, our client was deemed to have recovered from the accident and was discharged from treatment.
The lawyers at Abels & Annes were able to set up a claim against the left turning driver’s insurance company for our client’s injuries. As in cases like this, a passenger can recover for injuries sustained in an accident even if the passenger is in the same vehicle as the driver that causes a crash. This is because the driver alone, and not his passengers, are to blame for the accident so injured passengers are still entitled to a recovery.