When you think of automobile collision liability, you probably think in terms of the drivers involved. After all, they’re the ones operating the vehicles, so it’s logical to assume that responsibility for a crash lies with at least one of the drivers. In most cases, this is true, though there are circumstances where an injured passenger can be liable. If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, it’s important that you know who may be held liable for your injuries.
Circumstances in Which an Injured Passenger May Be at Fault
How can someone not in control of a vehicle be found liable for causing an auto collision? There are several ways in which a passenger can be held legally responsible for a wreck in the state of Georgia. Here are some examples of cases where an auto collision can be the fault of a passenger.
- The passenger is the owner of the vehicle and the driver is not legally authorized to operate the vehicle, but was given permission by the owner to drive it.
- Under the Family Purpose Doctrine, Georgia law holds a vehicle owner liable when the driver of the vehicle, made available for family use, was responsible for an auto collision. In a case where the owner is also a passenger, then that passenger can be held liable.
- The driver of the vehicle was impaired and the injured passenger provided the substance that caused the impairment.
Hire an Injury Accident Attorney and Get the Facts
So, despite the implication that the phrase “injured passenger” equals “innocent victim”, this is not necessarily true in every case. A qualified injury accident trial attorney will know how to make that distinction and protect your rights. If you’ve been injured in an auto collision where an injured passenger may be at fault, you will need legal help with your claim to sue for fair compensation.
You’ve been hurt, your vehicle has been damaged, and you face significant physical and financial hardships as a result. You have a right to sue all responsible parties for your pain and suffering. Randy E. Fry is dedicated to standing up for people like you throughout the litigation process.
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