4701 Oleander Drive, Suite A
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
What happens when a passenger in a vehicle causes a car crash? Are they liable for the resulting damages? Does the driver’s insurance still cover the damages?
The laws of negligence determine who is liable for a collision, which could mean the responsible party is the passenger in a vehicle.
In this article, we will discuss when a passenger is liable for a car wreck and who pays, including:
The rules of negligence determine who is liable for an auto accident in SC. The responsible party could be anyone, including the driver of your vehicle, the driver of another vehicle, a passenger, a business, homeowner, or municipality that created a road hazard, or a manufacturer of a defective auto part.
There may be more than one at-fault party, each of whom is liable for the damage and injuries caused.
The passenger could be the negligent party who caused the crash, or they could be one of several negligent parties who contributed to the crash…
How do you prove that a passenger, whether it was your passenger or the passenger in another vehicle, caused the crash?
Using witness testimony, video or audio evidence, expert testimony from an accident reconstructionist, or any other admissible evidence, you must prove the three elements of negligence:
The person behind the wheel is in charge of driving and safety, right? How could the passenger be liable for a car wreck?
There are many scenarios where a passenger, intentionally or unintentionally, can cause a car crash, including:
In most cases, the driver’s insurance will cover the accident victim’s damages, even when the crash was partially caused by the passenger in the vehicle.
This is a question that must be answered on a case-by-case basis, however, and you should immediately consult with your Myrtle Beach car crash attorneys so they can begin their investigation and determine 1) who was at fault and 2) all possible sources of recovery.
There may be situations where you need to collect from multiple sources and multiple insurance policies to cover the full amount of your damages. This could include:
Depending on the sources of recovery that are available and the circumstances of the crash, you may be able to “stack” multiple insurance policies to recover full and fair compensation for your injuries.
If you have been injured in an auto accident in South Carolina, your Myrtle Beach car crash attorneys at Axelrod and Associates will investigate your crash, help you determine who is liable, and identify all possible sources of recovery.
Schedule a free consultation with a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer on the Axelrod team today. Call us at 843-353-3449 or fill out our contact form to set up a free initial consultation about your case.
The fields marked with * are mandatory.