The Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is in the news again – this time for a car accident in Detroit, Michigan. You may remember that the Portland native was in our local news in December 2011, when he lost control and crashed on 3rd and Burnside in Portland, Oregon. Although Suh was eventually ticketed, the accident was not investigated initially, because the crash reportedly involved no injuries or intoxicants. In July 2012, a passenger in Suh’s car at the time of the accident, Saadia Van Winkle, sued Suh for $1 million, for negligence, reckless driving, and emotional distress. Van Winkle said that she was injured in the crash but that Suh intimidated her into keeping quiet to avoid an investigation by the police. According to the Oregonian, the case is set to go to trial in March 2013.
Regardless of how the case plays out in court, it is a reminder that passengers are often injured in car accidents and need medical care, may lose wages while recovering, and suffer emotional pain as well as physical, just as the driver of the car might. If you’re a passenger in a car accident, what are your resources and rights?
All Oregon private auto insurance policies include Personal Injury Protection (PIP), which provides payment for medical bills, lost wages, and even some household expenses. If you are a passenger in a car involved in an accident, the driver’s PIP policy should cover you. If the other driver is liable and you are injured, you can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance policy for any injuries, lost wages, or pain and suffering. The insurance company may deny your claim or offer you a settlement that is too low. If that happens, you should retain the services of an auto accident attorney. You have a right to legal representation, just as a driver of the car might.
If you were a passenger in a car involved in a Portland, Oregon auto accident and were injured, we can help. Don’t think that just because you weren’t driving, you have no rights or deserve no compensation. At Dwyer Williams Potter, our attorneys have experience settling and litigating all kinds of auto accident claims, for drivers and passengers. We offer free consultations, so you can discuss your accident and claim with us at any time. One of our expert Personal Injury Attorneys will be happy to discuss your Oregon Personal Injury case with you. Call us now: 888-247-9023