Your passengers have no control over their safety when they are riding in your vehicle. Your actions and the actions of other drivers can place your passengers in danger. Just as you owe others using the road a duty of care to act reasonably to avoid accidents, you also owe your passengers that same duty of care. If you cause an accident that results in an injury to your passenger, your passenger can sue you for the damages caused by the accident.
As a passenger in a vehicle, you are most likely not at fault for an accident. However, if you are injured, you need to know how to seek compensation for any injuries you sustain in the collision. In this blog, we provide some basic information on how you can be compensated as a passenger in a traffic accident. We encourage you to contact our office for more information and a free consultation with a Fresno personal injury attorney. Who to Make a Claim Against You will make a claim against the party who is responsible for the traffic accident. This may not be as obvious as it sounds if the accident involved two or more vehicles and no one wants to admit fault. An independent accident investigation may need to be performed to determine fault. As experienced Fresno personal injury lawyers, we can help you determine who is at fault for the collision so that you can make a claim against that party. In some cases, you may be able to file an accident claim against both drivers. This can be a definite advantage in cases where damages are extensive because it allows you to collect compensation from the insurance companies from both drivers.