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Detroit Lions' player settles car accident lawsuit with passenger

Most car accident cases that we discuss in this Ann Arbor Car Accident blog involve multiple vehicles. However, one-car accidents do happen quite frequently and it is also possible to file a personal injury or a wrongful death lawsuit after a one-car crash. In these cases the negligent party might be the city or county for failing to keep roads or signage safely maintained, or it might be the auto manufacturer for a defect in the car itself that caused an accident. Other times, a passenger in a car sues the driver of the same car for the accident. This happened in a high-profile case that was recently settled out of court.

Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions was sued by a woman who was a passenger in his vehicle during a car accident that took place over one year ago. There were two passengers in the vehicle at the time that Suh wrecked it, and one of them filed a lawsuit accusing the defensive tackle of reckless driving, negligence, and the purposeful infliction of emotional distress.

She reportedly requested more than $1 million for medical expenses and lost wages, as well as other damages.

The lawsuit was settled out of court earlier this month and the details have not been released.

This case illustrates that it is possible for victims to hold drivers responsible for one-car accidents. In some cases, the victims may be friends or family members of the driver, but this should not necessarily discourage them from filing a claim. It is often necessary to pursue a claim in order to obtain the compensation necessary for medical expenses and lost wages. Such claims are often paid out by insurers, rather than the driver personally. Those who are injured in one-car collisions and would like to learn more about their rights and options may wish to seek legal counsel.

Source: CBSsports, "Lions' Ndamukong Suh settles car accident lawsuit out of court," Evan Hilbert, Jan. 10, 2013

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