Car Accident Claims Against Friends and Relatives
Friend and relatives are people near and dear to us. However, there are instances when, due to their negligence, they could cause an accident that results in our suffering a serious injury. A common example is a car accident in which you were a passenger that was caused by a friend or family member who was operating the vehicle.
When this happens, you should consider filing a car accident injury claim. The reason for this is quite simple: It could be a huge strain on your finances to take care of the medical expenses associated with the injury on your own. By claiming against a friend or relative, someone else takes care of the expenses.
Under Texas law, you are allowed you to bring a claim against a relative if he or she was at fault for causing a serious car accident, motorcycle accident, or other preventable collision. The law also requires insurance companies to provide coverage even if you are related to or friends with the person who caused the accident.
Who Pays for a Claim Against Friends and Relatives?
Bringing an accident claim against a relative, family member, or friend does not need to negatively affect your relationship.
Even when it comes to compensation claims against friends and families, the claim does not directly hurt them. Instead, their insurance company would bear the burden of the claim’s cost.
So, there is no need to be apprehensive about bringing a claim against your friends and family. Your relationship can still go on as before since no one is directly financially hurt by the claim.
Can a Minor Bring a Claim Against a Family Member?
If a minor (someone under 18) suffers a car accident injury because of a family member, he or she can bring a compensation claim. However, before he or she can successfully do this, the minor needs a parent or guardian to act as a litigation friend.
If the child’s parent causes the accident, the parent cannot act as a litigation friend. This is because it will create a conflict of interest. However, it is possible for the other parent to act as the litigation friend for the child.
Types of Damages You can Recover Through a Personal Injury Claim
When you decide to file a claim, you can seek financial restitution for the following types of harms and losses:
- Incurred and future medical bills
- Lost wages, including loss of earning capacity
- Pain, suffering, mental anguish, and other non-economic damages
Have Questions about the Car Accident Injury Claims Process? Speak to a Houston Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you suffered a serious injury in a car accident, motorcycle wreck or pedestrian accident that was caused by a relative or friend, do not hesitate to take legal action and speak to an experienced Houston personal injury attorney. Remember, filing a claim does not mean you are going to drain your relative or friend of all his or her financial resources. The claim is filed against their insurance company and the insurance company is ultimately responsible for compensating you. Contact Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. today to speak with a lawyer who can evaluate your case and explain your legal options.