What Should I Do If a Passenger Caused My Car Accident?

950 Reviews

Call (800) 863-5312 to Speak with a Tucson Car Accident Attorney for Free

When we take the wheel of a car, we agree to follow the rules of the road and accept liability for any resulting damages or injuries caused by our operation of the vehicle. However, there are the rare instances when a passenger may be the cause of an accident.

If a passenger has become dangerous, the driver has a duty to do everything they can to avoid an accident. Unfortunately, certain behaviors catch a driver off guard and give them no opportunity to prevent a crash. In these cases, the driver may still be responsible, but the guilty passenger could also share the liability.

If you have been injured in a car accident you believe was caused by a passenger, call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with a Tucson car accident lawyer.

Awards & Recognition

blank

AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA BY THE NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (2016-2020)

blank

AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA BY THE NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (2017-2020)

blank

AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA (2016-2020), JOE CAPUTO (2016 – 2020) & BURGESS WILLIAMS (2016-2017) BY THE NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

blank

LIFETIME MEMBERS JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA, JOE CAPUTO, BURGESS WILLIAMS, NEIL SOLOMON, & JASON ALDRIDGE

blank

AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA (2009, 2011-2012, 2014-2021), JOE CAPUTO (2019-2021), BURGESS WILLIAMS (2019-2020), NEIL SOLOMON (2020-2021), & CHRISTINA HAGEN (2021) BY SUPER LAWYERS (A THOMPSON REUTERS COMPANY)

blank

MEMBERS JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA (2017-2020), JOE CAPUTO (2019-2020), BURGESS WILLIAMS (2019-2020), NEIL SOLOMON (2019-2020), COLE GUMM (2019-2020), CHRISTINA HAGEN (2020) & BRENDAN MCQUAID (2020)

blank

LIFETIME MEMBERS JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA & JOE CAPUTO

blank

AWARDED TO ZINDA LAW GROUP (2016-2019) BY THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS

blank

AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA IN 2015, 2016, 2017, AND 2020

blank

AWARDED TO JOE CAPUTO (2016-2019) BY THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS

blank

AWARDED TO ZINDA LAW GROUP IN 2018 BY INC.

blank

Awarded to John C (Jack) Zinda (2021) by the American Association for Justice

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
blankblankblankblankblank

950

Reviews

Former Client

Review
blankblankblankblankblank

I did not know what to do. I had never been hurt in a wreck before and this was a major accident that was not my fault. I reached out to Zinda Law Group and they were fantastic, answered all my questions, got me help immediately, and took care of everything!!

Former Client

Former Client

Review
blankblankblankblankblank

There comes a time when you need someone in your corner that you can trust. Our time came when we knew we needed the advice and counsel of an attorney. The day we walked into Zinda Law Group we knew we were covered.

Former Client

Johnathan-Former Client

Review
blankblankblankblankblank

There is a reason why this law firm has a 5 star rating. My experience with personal injury attorney Joe Caputo and all of the staff at Zinda Law Group has been excellent... I would definitely recommend Zinda Law Group.

Former Client

Maria Ciara-Former Client

Review
blankblankblankblankblank

This is a really great firm! They settled my personal injury case in a year. Throughout the whole process, they were keeping in touch with me and helping me get the best treatment possible. They honestly know what they are doing. It was a pleasure working with these guys.

Former Client

Roger-Former Client

Review
blankblankblankblankblank

Everyone was so professional and was very interested in helping me with my issues. They were very upfront and honest about what I could expect.

Former Client

Terry-Former Client

Review
blankblankblankblankblank

I contacted Zinda Law Group after getting nowhere on my own with a personal injury case. I am so thankful I did. They took it off my plate and handled everything from appointments, to phone calls, and emails.

Former Client

Who Is Responsible for the Car Accident?

Normally, liability rests on the driver. However, if it can be proven that a passenger caused the accident, they too may be held responsible for resulting property damage, injuries, or deaths.

To place liability on a passenger, you must establish that their actions were a direct cause of the accident. It is often difficult to demonstrate that an accident would not have happened if the passenger had not acted unreasonably. Consulting with an experienced car accident attorney is the best way to determine if you can hold a passenger liable.

Simply distracting the driver is not enough to place liability on a passenger. If a driver chooses to engage in lively conversation and takes their eyes off the road resulting in an accident, the passenger is not to blame. For a passenger to be considered the cause of an accident, the passenger must have actively interfered with the driver’s ability to control the car. Some actions that rise above the level of merely distracting include:

  • Grabbing the steering wheel from the driver;
  • Attempting to jump out of the car;
  • Spilling something on the driver;
  • Suddenly shouting or yelling;
  • Frightening the driver; or
  • Assaulting the driver or another passenger in the vehicle.

In a case where a passenger has committed an egregious action, a court may find them partially or completely liable for the accident. Those injured in the accident can seek financial compensation from the passenger who caused the wreck.

Our Tucson Car Accident Attorneys Can Help

Obtaining compensation following a car accident requires dealing with insurance companies or, possibly, seeking compensation through a lawsuit. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident where another was at fault, you may need assistance recovering the compensation you are entitled to under the law.

At Zinda Law Group, our car accident attorneys have helped thousands of crash injury victims seek damages for medical bills, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. We also work on a contingency fee basis, which means you won’t pay any upfront costs and if we don’t win your case, you won’t owe us a dime.

Call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with a Tucson car accident lawyer. Meetings with attorneys by appointment only.

[easy-social-share]