Though many people in Oneida County may assume that the only way to file a personal injury lawsuit in a car accident is when there are at least two cars involved, they are wrong. Say you are riding in a car and someone else is driving. If that driver is texting, is drunk or is otherwise negligent and causes an accident, you can file a personal injury lawsuit. It does not matter how many vehicles are involved, so long as there is a negligent driver.
It is a driver's responsibility to avoid an accident and to not cause serious injuries. Although the assumption is that he or she needs to avoid injuring other drivers, bicyclists, motorcyclists or really anyone else on the road, it actually means that he or she needs to avoid injuring anyone, including his or her own passengers. If an accident happens and it is the fault of the driver, he or she could be found liable.
Three passengers in a vehicle being driven by a 17-year-old Waterville boy may be looking into personal injury lawsuits after the teenager crashed the vehicle in which they were riding. The passengers, ranging in age from 20 to 39 years old are all from upstate New York. It is unknown how they knew the driver or why they were in the vehicle with him this weekend.
The accident happened in the early morning hours. According to reports, the teenager lost control of the vehicle and smashed into a tree. Fortunately, the passengers did not suffer life-threatening injuries, although they were all hospitalized.
Source: WIBX 950, "Four Hospitalized, Including Teen Driver, After Weekend Accident in Sangerfield," Kristine Bellino, Feb. 24, 2014