Injured in a Car Accident When Your Friend Was Driving?


Personal injuries, especially those suffered in auto accidents, can expensive, debilitating, and life changing. Remember the McDonald's hot coffee case? The 79-year old victim suffered painful third-degree burns, required numerous skin grafts on her inner thighs, and ended up with sky-high medical bills. McDonald's "generously" offered her $800 to cover her bills, but a jury awarded her $3,000,000 – based on the extent of damages she actually suffered and the company's knowledge and disregard of the risks and harm.

In many cases, it can be friends, neighbors, and colleagues who cause our personal injuries. While it may not seem to be socially acceptable to sue someone you know for damages, sometimes the failure to do so can cost you in the long run.

Take the case of local woman. A passenger in the car of her friend, she was seriously injured in a car accident in the San Fernando Valley. The hitch? Her friend was at fault, and also caused injury to the occupants in the other vehicle. The woman had to go to the hospital and required physical therapy to fully recover from her injuries. Not wanting to 'ruin the friendship', she hesitated to involve her insurance company or hire a lawyer to help her recover damages from her friend's insurance company for her medical bills and lost wages. Finally, just before the statute of limitations for filing a car accident claim approached, she reached out to an experienced auto accident attorney in the San Fernando Valley to discuss her legal rights.

If you or a loved one were injured in an auto accident, it is important to know your rights from the start. When it comes to injuries from accidents, medical expenses often aren't just the immediate, foreseeable bills, but include the long-term damage and complications that arise from the accident and surgeries associated with it. Accident victims often forget that even though you may be suing a friend, maybe even someone who makes less money or has fewer assets than you, these accidents are often the type of events that insurance covers: health insurance, car insurance, homeowner's insurance, travel insurance, worker's compensation, etc...

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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