Injuries to Passengers in Car Crashes
News sources reported that a 19-year-old college student tragically died when she was riding as a passenger in a vehicle that crashed. Reports indicate that the driver was traveling at a high speed when they crashed into a light pole in South Los Angeles. This is only one example of many vehicle passengers who are injured or killed each year in traffic accidents.
As a passenger, you have little to no control over the actions of the driver. You can choose not to get into a car with a drunk driver, but once you are riding in a car with a driver you believe is safe, you cannot prevent them from making mistakes or acting negligently or recklessly. Such conduct can cause serious crashes that can change your life forever.
When you are injured as a passenger, you likely have the legal right to seek compensation from a liable party or parties. This compensation can be for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and much more. Liable parties might include:
- The driver of the vehicle in which you were riding if their negligence caused the crash
- The driver of another vehicle if they were responsible for causing the crash
- A vehicle manufacturer if a defective tire, brakes, or another vehicle part caused the accident
Note that more than one party might be liable. For example, if one driver ran a red light, and the driver of your vehicle did not notice because they were distracted, both drivers might share fault.
Contact an Auto Accident Lawyer in Upland
With very rare exceptions, vehicle passengers are not liable for the crashes they experience, so they should not have to pay their own losses. The Law Offices of Brian Brandt can help you seek the payment you deserve. Contact us or call 800.983.4467 to speak with an Upland auto accident attorney for free.