Who is liable for damages if you’re a passenger in a car crash?

On Behalf of | Nov 25, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

It’s normal for a car driver to make a claim for damages after a crash against the driver responsible for the accident. But what about passengers who get injured?

If you’re a passenger and get injured in a car wreck, you are entitled to seek compensation for injuries you may have sustained due to another person’s negligence. Keep reading to determine who may be liable for damages. 

Your driver

A car driver is responsible for everyone on board. This means that the driver of the vehicle you’re riding in is responsible for your safety. Therefore, if the driver is negligent and operates the vehicle carelessly, you can make a claim against them for any injuries you sustain in the crash. 

The driver of the other car

If the other vehicle’s driver was negligent and their actions led to a crash that resulted in your injuries, then you can make a claim against them. 

If you get into a car accident involving two vehicles and both drivers are responsible for the accident. You can pursue both of them for damages. For instance, if you’re involved in an accident where both the driver of the vehicle you are in and the other driver were partially responsible for the wreck, that means you could look to both of them for compensation for your losses. 

A third-party

Sometimes, an accident can be caused by a negligent third party. Some of the common third-party accident cases include:

  • Vehicle manufacture defects
  • Poor vehicle repair or maintenance
  • Poorly maintained roads by the government

It’s important that you remember suing a third party for damages, especially the government, can be complicated and time-consuming. 

If you sustained injuries while traveling in a car, you could seek compensation for your injuries. Each car accident is different, and your unique circumstances and legal guidance will help you determine how to pursue compensation in a personal injury claim.