What If a Passenger Caused My Car Accident? | Dallas Injury Lawyers
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When a car accident happens, it’s often clear which driver is at fault. If it’s not crystal clear, that may be the result of both drivers contributing to the accident’s cause. But what if neither driver is to blame? In rare cases, a passenger is actually responsible for causing the accident.
If a passenger does something to interfere with the driver’s ability to safely operate the car—like assaulting the driver, grabbing the steering wheel, or attempting to jump out of a moving vehicle—the passenger could potentially be held liable for the damage and injuries that result.
Passenger liability can be difficult to prove because it is necessary to show the passenger acted in a reckless way by doing something that directly led to the accident. Having an experienced Dallas personal injury attorney on your side is critical to building a strong case, and ultimately to holding the passenger accountable for the damage done.
If you were injured in a car accident caused by a passenger, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with a Dallas car accident lawyer.
Preventing an Accident
It’s important to remember that as a driver, you are responsible for the safety of your passengers and others on the road. When faced with a situation where your passenger is becoming a dangerous distraction, it is imperative that you do everything in your power to avoid an accident.
Try to convince your passenger to stop the dangerous behavior. If the passenger refuses to stop, you should attempt to find a safe place to pull over and park the car. Do not resume driving until the passenger is calm and committed to allowing you to drive safely and without distractions. If the passenger will not regain composure, and you feel unsafe allowing them to remain in the car, ask them to get out of the vehicle.
As the driver, you will be held responsible for accidents that are not directly caused by a passenger’s actions, so it is critical that you create a safe environment inside your vehicle. This can include things like turning off your cell phone, lowering the volume on the radio, avoiding serious conversations or arguments, or even refusing to drive with certain passengers in the car who have proven to be a distraction for you in the past.
Our Dallas Car Accident Attorneys Can Help
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a passenger, it is in your best interest to consult with a personal injury attorney.
At Zinda Law Group, our car accident attorneys have helped countless crash victims recover compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our skilled Dallas car accident lawyers.