I had an accident in which I rear ended someone. Immediately after the impact, the passenger (an older woman that later admitted to having an extensive medical history) jumped out of the car and walked up to me ranting and raving that I don't know what brakes are (when in fact I had locked up my brakes and slid instead of stopping) and she was holding the back of her neck. I believe she was not wearing a seat belt because the driver, myself, and none of my passengers were injured (the impact might have been at 10-15mph). The driver later told the officer it was not my fault, but in fact the person in front of HIM for not paying attention and going when they were supposed to. My question is; can his passenger sue me if she claims injury? I am 17 and have liability insurance.
Yes, she can sue you. Fortunately, you have insurance to protect you and I assure you that they will do all that they can to minimize any payments to the passenger.
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The answer is yes but, if they do, you should turn this over to your insurance company.
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Yes, she can sue you. And, quite frankly, she will probably achieve some kind of settlement if she has an injury. Except in very rare circumstances, if you rear-end someone, you will bear at least some of the responsibility for the accident, if not the majority.
You need to report this to your insurance company immediately.
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The short answer is yes. There is nothing one can do to prevent someone from filing a suit claiming an injury, however your insurance company will hire defense lawyers to protect you and they will uncover anything about the claimant (older woman) including her prior medical history, use of seatbelt, etc.
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Yes, she can sue you. Generally, if you rear-end someone, you will be responsible for the other person's damages.
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