When the At-Fault Party is a Friend or Family Member 

If you were injured as a passenger in a vehicle driven by a family member or friend, your automobile accident case may be complicated even further. Unfortunately, innocent passengers in a car can become victims of a car accident. If you were injured in one of these accidents, you might have additional choices for submitting a claim because your fault was nearly never a factor in the disaster. These solutions, however, may come with unwarranted guilt and concern about how your claim will affect your relationship with a family member or friend. Speak to a personal injury lawyer for more information regarding this today. 

Who might be responsible for your compensation if you are a passenger in a car accident? 

If you are a passenger in an automobile accident, you should file claims against all possible parties. When you sue any possibly guilty parties, you raise your chances of collecting the full amount you are entitled to. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may have claims against the following parties: 

  • The other driver 

If another motorist was careless in hitting your vehicle, you may be able to file a compensation claim with their insurance carrier. 

  • Your family member, friend, or loved one 

If the crash was caused by a friend or family member’s negligence, they could be held liable for your losses. If the person was partially to blame for the accident, they may be partially liable to pay you. 

  • Manufacturer of the vehicle or the vehicle parts 

If a defective vehicle or part caused your injuries, you should file a claim against the manufacturer of the car or defective part. 

  • Municipalities 

If a defective design or a deficiency in the road caused or contributed to your accident, a city or other governmental organization may be held liable. 

  • Repair shop 

Due to a faulty vehicle repair, a driver may lose control of his vehicle, be unable to stop, or engage in other risky driving practices. If this resulted in your injuries, you should submit a claim against the repair facility and mechanic who performed the repair. 

  • Owner of the vehicle 

In some cases, the vehicle’s owner is not the irresponsible driver. If he permitted the driver to operate his automobile, he may be responsible for compensating you. 

  • The employer of the negligent driver 

If a driver was operating a corporate automobile or for work, their employer and insurance carrier might be able to compensate you. 

For more information, schedule an appointment with a legal professional today. 

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