Riding in someone else’s car and injured in an accident? Who is responsible for any losses resulting from a passenger injury? According to New York laws, it all depends on the details of the incident.
In the event of a single-vehicle collision, the driver of the car may be responsible for any damages sustained by his or her passengers. This means that passengers may file legal claims against the driver in an effort to seek relief their losses — such a medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, among various others. While not a step many are comfortable taking against family or friends, it really is about getting insurance to pay the maximum benefit for one’s losses.
In the event of a two or more vehicle collision, all drivers believed to have caused the crash may be held responsible for a passenger’s injuries. It will all come down to fault. Whether a driver is thought fully or partially at fault, it is possible to seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim against that individual in civil court.
Then there are those accidents resulting from things like manufacturing defects or poor road conditions — among numerous other things. An injured passenger may seek relief by filing the appropriate legal claim against the party deemed responsible. That, of course, can only be determined after a review of one’s case.
After suffering a passenger injury, there is hope of seeking relief for one’s losses. It is all about determining fault, filing the appropriate legal action and proving negligence. With the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney, full and fair compensation can be sought through litigation in a New York civil court or out-of-court negotiations
Source: FindLaw, “If You’re a Passenger in a Crash, Whom Should You Sue?“, Daniel Taylor, Esq., Accessed on Sept. 6, 2017