Salt Lake City, UT- Drowsy or fatigued driving is risky, at any moment a person can nod off and cause a major car crash. A drowsy or fatigued driver can be just as dangerous as intoxicated driver as demonstrated by a recent accident near Salt Lake City.
The accident occurred last Wednesday in the eastbound lanes of I-80 as a local family was returning home from a trip to Wendover. Police say a driver drifted off of the right side of the highway and overcorrected. That caused the caused the vehicle to rollover, killing a 30-year-old man in the back seat The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the man, who was killed, was lying in the back and was not wearing his seat belt.
The 31-year-old man driving the car was not injured.
According to reports, a second car carrying family members of driver involved in the crash was following the first car and witnessed the accident.
This accident brings up the question: If I am a passenger in a car, how do I get compensation for my injuries? Or, who is responsible for paying a wrongful death claim?
Accident victims who are passengers have two options to recover compensation: They can make a claim with the insurance carried by the owner or the driver of the car the passenger was riding with when the collision occurred. Or, a claim can be made with the insurance policy carried by the owner of the other vehicle involve in the accident.
A passenger is considered a third party and will have to take different approach if they want to seek compensation for their injuries. As a third party, you may have to make more than one claim. Say for instance, you incurred $20,000 in medical bills, but one of the drivers only has $10,000 in liability insurance, leaving you with a big balance. To make up that difference you will have to make a claim with the other motorists involved in the collision.
Anyone can find themselves getting sleepy behind the wheel, it’s just a fact of life, but that doesn’t excuse a driver from responsibility of they cause a serious crash. Drowsy or fatigued motorists have the duty to get off of the road if they are too tired and failing to do so gives the victims the right to pursue an at-fault driver for compensation. To get a just settlement, victims of fatigued driving accidents should retain an accident attorney near their Utah location.
USAttorneys has some of the best personal injury and wrongful death lawyers in Salt Lake City to assist you with your case. Our attorneys bring experience, dedication and compassion to the table so you have a successful injury claim and are awarded a generous settlement. They will explain your rights and inform you of what steps you need to take next. By enlisting one of our attorneys to work on your claim, you increase your chances of getting a fair settlement.