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$750,000 Awarded to Passenger in Reckless Driver’s Vehicle

The principal at The Law Offices of Edward Smith talks about passengers’ rights.

Boulder, CO. – When the actions of motorists lead to the injury of others, victims may be entitled to compensation under the law. The right to recovery isn’t just limited to people in other vehicles on the road, as evidenced by a recent $750,000 settlement awarded to a passenger in an at-fault driver’s vehicle.

The case in question involved a 42-year-old man who was seriously injured when the vehicle he was riding in went off the road and rolled over. The passenger had tried to get the driver to slow down, fearing a clash was imminent. The driver proceeded in a reckless manner, ultimately losing control and causing the Clash. The passenger suffered severe neck and back injuries. The back injury was so serious, in fact, the man had to undergo surgery to repair the damage followed by four months of intense rehabilitation.

“Although clearly the victim, our client faced an uphill battle with the insurance company involved,” explained Edward Smith, the principal at The Law Offices of Edward Smith. “The insurance company initially tried to claim our client had prior back problems that would have required surgery even if the accident had not occurred. They also claimed our client bought drinks for the driver prior to the Clash.”

Standing by its assertions, the insurance company attempted to settle the man’s claim for $250,000.

“We refused the offer and moved into mediation,” Smith said. “The case was resolved through mediation with a $750,000 settlement awarded to our client.”

The case serves as a reminder that accident victims, even those in an at-fault driver’s vehicle, may be entitled to compensation under the law. It also serves as a reminder that insurance companies will work to mitigate their losses following a Clash, Smith said.

“Victims need to remember they are not obligated to accept a settlement offer made by an insurance company,” said Smith. “Sometimes, as was the case for our 42-year-old client, it makes sense to move a case forward into mediation or even a full courtroom to obtain a more just amount on behalf of an injured party.”

To find out more accident claims and how Longmont and Boulder injury attorneys can help, visit The Law Offices of Edward Smith online at  

Contact Information

  • Name: Edward Smith

    Company: The Law Offices of Edward Smith

    Telphone: +1-30-36822944 , -

    Address: 1942 Broadway Suite 314,
    Boulder, CO 80302