I heard about an serious accident that happened the other night, here in town. A local woman called the San Bernardino City Fire Department and reported that her father had been in an accident.
At the scene, the firefighters found two passengers in a Chevy hatchback. The car was sitting on the edge of a vertical wall on the flood control channel. The firefighters pulled the vehicle back with ropes and a rescue stabilizer then removed the passengers with the Jaws of Life.
The male driver died at the scene; his female passenger (a friend, not related to the driver) sustained head injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The daughter was also a passenger in the car; she was able to get out of the vehicle and was not injured.
This kind of situation is not uncommon. Many of my clients find themselves injured in accidents that were caused by the negligence of a friend or someone they know socially. It can be tricky on a personal level to bring a lawsuit against someone you know. But depending upon the extent of the injuries it may be the only recourse to getting the proper compensation for damages. Consult with an experienced injury attorney. In my practice, I have seen numerous situations like this and often the responsible party's insurance policy (homeowners and/or auto) covered the damages. Your situation may be similar or may be completely unique, either way a seasoned attorney can provide insight and guidance to your problems.