“If I witness a serious crash, and it upsets me, can I sue for damages?”
Over the years, we have had cases where people who weren’t involved in a crash saw it happen, and were upset by what they witnessed afterward. They asked us whether they could file a suit against the driver who caused the crash, even though they weren’t involved in it, or physically hurt themselves.
It’s possible. Michigan law allows so-called “bystander claims” for witnesses under certain circumstances. There are three basic requirements:
If you can meet all three requirements, you may be able to sue the driver who caused the accident that you saw, but that you were not directly involved in.
Source: 67 Mich App 363