The majority of car accidents are the result of an error, distraction, recklessness, inebriation, or other forms of negligence on the part of a driver, and the driver’s insurance company is usually responsible for all damages. A passenger who was involved in the crash could have an injury claim, but he or she could also bear liability in some instances.
A passenger could be liable for damages if his or her actions had a significant impact on the crash. In some cases, drivers and passengers could share liability.
If you were involved in any kind of car accident in which you suspect a passenger may have played a meaningful role, it will be critical for you to hire a knowledgeable personal injury attorney immediately. An experienced attorney will conduct a thorough investigation into your crash to establish what happened and demonstrate who should be held liable.
The Houston accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian are here to answer all of your questions when you call (713) 842-9492 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
Can Passengers Be Held Liable for a Car Accident?
Passengers may be held liable if their negligence contributed to or caused a crash. For example:
- A passenger could be held liable if he or she grabbed the wheel from the driver and forced the vehicle into your lane. At that point, the passenger essentially becomes the driver.
- With young drivers in particular, passengers may have encouraged a driver to do something reckless or dangerous. In these kinds of cases, a passenger may be responsible if his or her actions constituted an agreement to participate in potentially unlawful behavior.
When a passenger is injured in an accident for which he or she was partially responsible, that negligence could reduce ─ or possibly eliminate ─ the passenger’s ultimate award in a court case.
How Fault Is Determined After a Crash
After a car accident, insurance companies and lawyers for the involved parties will conduct their own investigations to determine who was at fault. Police reports frequently play major roles in these cases.
The statements of the people involved, as well as the observations of any witnesses, can be significant. In some cases, reconstruction experts may be used to establish the cause of more complicated crashes.
Determining who is at fault for a car accident can be challenging, so it is important to speak with a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible after a crash before evidence disappears or people’s memories fade.
Contact Our Houston Car Accident Attorneys Today
Did you suffer serious injuries or was your loved one killed an automobile accident that may have involved a negligent passenger? Do not wait to get the trusted legal advice you need. Contact The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian as soon as possible.
Our law firm is conveniently located in Houston inside the 610 Loop, and our legal team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call us at (713) 842-9492 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today.