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Are Passengers Ever Liable for Car Accident Damages?

Understanding the rights of passengers following a car accident can be complex. People who were injured in a collision in which passengers were involved often wonder how the expenses of passengers will be covered, and their ability to file a clam.

When considering liability for a car accident, passengers are rarely pointed to as the at-fault party. However, it is possible for a passenger to cause a car accident, and they could be held liable for the resulting damages.

Can a Passenger be Liable for a Car Accident?

While drivers are responsible for their own actions on the road, a passenger can cause safety issues that may result in a car accident. While this is a rare occurrence, the negligent actions of a passenger can be hazardous to themselves and others.

A passenger may be considered at fault for a car accident if they:

  • Distracted the driver by being loud, attempting to show them something, etc.
  • Provided the driver with drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel
  • Damaged the vehicle
  • Tried to take control of the vehicle

How are Car Accident Injuries Covered in Michigan?

If any of the above situations or another incident involving passenger fault cause a car accident, it’s possible that the at-fault passenger could be held liable for damages. However, the liability structure of Michigan car insurance law may allow at-fault passengers to avoid liability while still providing compensation for injury victims.

Michigan is a no-fault state. Therefore, passengers and all parties who were injured in a collision — even those who were at fault for a car accident — should be able to file a claim with their own car insurance company in order to recover compensation. It’s possible that the insurance policy of the person who was driving the passenger may cover their damages as well, if the passenger was not at fault. If another party was at fault for a car accident, injury victims may be able to file a claim against the liable party.

The legal team of Goodman Acker P.C. is available to discuss the details of your case and answer any questions you may have about car accident litigation. Whether you were injured as a passenger or as a driver, we will work to get you the care you need.

For a free consultation with our attorneys, send us a message or call (248) 793-2010.

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