Can a Passenger Sue Their Driver for a Car Accident?
Nov. 4, 2022
Can a passenger sue their driver for a car accident? The short answer is yes. Even though getting hurt in a car accident can be challenging, your position as a passenger is advantageous. You are eligible to seek compensation by making a passenger car accident claim against either liable party or both, regardless of whether it was your driver or another party at fault.
As a passenger, you may have the right to bring an injury claim against the at-fault driver, even if it's your car driver. However, most people feel guilty about filing a lawsuit against their friend or relative who was at fault for the accident. But they should understand the claim is with the insurance company, not the individual, and it will be the one to pay the compensation.
Who Pays for Passengers' Injuries If Their Driver Is at Fault?
A passenger may be able to sue the driver for negligent operation of the vehicle if they are injured due to the negligence of their driver. Here are some of the typical ways how you can pursue compensation for your injuries and losses after being hurt as a passenger in a car accident because of your driver's negligence:
You can seek compensation from the driver's insurer whose car you were traveling in if it's your driver who is at fault.
If your driver was partially at blame, your driver's insurance company could be held accountable for their proportionate share of your damages.
If the driver is uninsured or underinsured, your uninsured motorist policy may be able to help pay for the injuries.
If the driver was working as an employee, the person or firm for whom the driver was working might be liable to pay for your injuries.
Here's an important note: You are ineligible for filing a personal injury claim under the liability coverage of your driver if you are an insured person under his policy as a spouse, child, or a family member who lives with him.
Contact Sacramento's Best Passenger Injury Claim Attorneys
If you were injured as a passenger in a car crash where the driver of your car was at-fault, you have the right to be compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, it can be challenging to negotiate with the insurance company on your own. The best course of action to safeguard your rights as a passenger would be to seek legal counsel on your case immediately.
Our team of experienced passenger claim attorneys at United Citizen Law has helped hundreds of cases attain a successful conclusion. Call us for a free consultation at 916-758-9773.