Other Parties besides the Motorist Who may Be Liable in a Car Accident Claim

Before you file a personal injury claim in a car accident, it’s important to identify all of the parties liable. The more the numbers of parties you name in your claim, the higher the chances of substantial compensation recovery for you.

Apart from the motorist who was negligent in causing your accident, there may be other parties that may also be liable. For instance, if the other motorist involved in the accident was driving on work at the time, his employer may also be liable for your injuries.

Another possible example of third-party liability would be the owner of a commercial establishment that serves alcohol to an intoxicated patron in a drunk driving accident. Under Colorado’s dram shop laws, you may be able to hold the owner of the pub, bar or restaurant that served alcohol to a visibly intoxicated patron who then caused your accident, liable for your injuries. If the establishment continued to serve the person alcohol even after he was visibly intoxicated or served alcohol to a person below the age of 21, then the establishment owner may be held responsible in your accident.

To identify all the parties liable in your accident, and to identify all of the sources of compensation recovery in your claim, discuss your case with a Denver car accident lawyer. Filing a claim will help recover damages that include medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, and other damages. Talk to a Denver car accident lawyer before you file a claim.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.