Who Can Receive Compensation?
Colorado law allows someone injured by a negligent driver to receive compensation from the driver. In a single-vehicle accident, this person is usually a passenger in the vehicle that crashes. If the driver made a mistake while driving, then a passenger can usually sue for compensation:
You will need to submit a claim to the driver’s insurer, which will probably want to see medical bills and other proof of loss, like paystubs.
Sometimes, the driver could receive compensation if the vehicle malfunctioned. For example, if the steering column completely malfunctions, then the manufacturer could be to blame. You might be able to bring a products liability lawsuit against the manufacturer or another entity for compensation.
A driver might also be able to sue another motorist if another car forced you from the road. For example, someone might have swerved into your lane, forcing you onto the shoulder where you then collided with a tree or rolled over. In this situation, another driver is to blame even if they did not actually strike you. However, this driver might flee the scene since their vehicle was not damaged.