passenger in vehicle was intoxicated and injured
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Insurance Question from Colchester, CT
Asked on 07/12/2012
passenger in vehicle was intoxicated and injured does the fact that this passeneger was intoxicated have any impact if he sues me or my insurance company for damages. no one else in car was drunk or injured
Answer given on July 19, 2012
If you are involved in an accident and a passenger is injured, the passenger can file a claim against you for his injuries. You do not indicate if the accident was your fault or not. If you were not at fault, then your passenger should file a claim against the other driver’s insurance. If you were responsible, then they would file a claim against you. Your insurance company will investigate and determine the injury settlement for the passenger. Even if he was intoxicated, he was injured, and that is still an issue for the accident. The negligence would rest on the driver who caused the accident.Do not get involved in the claim other than to give a statement to your insurance company as to the details of the accident. You can declare that the other person seemed to be intoxicated, but it will be the insurance company’s decision as to whether the injuries are comparable to the damage to the car and other parties in the car.
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