Injured Passenger Claims

Injured Passenger Claims

Injured Passenger Claims

Injured Passenger Claims

I’m Ed Smith, a Grass Valley auto accident attorney. If you’re a passenger in a vehicle that has been involved in an automobile accident, you may have an injury claim against multiple parties.

Injured Passengers

Passengers who are injured in an auto accident may be able to file personal injury claims against multiple drivers such as, the driver of the other vehicle(s) involved in the accident, and the driver of the vehicle in which you were riding. There may also be registered owners of the involved vehicles that you may need to consider as well. For example, the car that you were riding in as a passenger may have one driver who is your business associate, but the registered owner of the vehicle is your business associate’s employer.

Claims Against Drivers

Claims against the driver of a passenger are very common, particularly in solo vehicle accidents when there are no other vehicles involved. Claims that are brought against the driver of a vehicle are solely based on negligence. Drivers all owe care to their passengers. It is their responsibility to exercise care in the operation of their vehicle to ensure that everyone in the vehicle is kept safe. When a driver fails to execute a reasonable amount of care while behind the wheel of their vehicle and gets into an auto accident with passenger injuries; the passenger(s) may have grounds for a legitimate personal injury claim.

Common Carriers

Commercial drivers such as: Bus drivers, taxi drivers, school bus drivers, and other passenger services carry the strictest responsibility of care to their passengers. These services are known as “Common Carriers”. California Civil Code section 2100 talks in great length about the higher duty of care that is expected from these drivers.

Rideshare Companies

With companies like Uber and Lyft popping up in cities across the state, these drivers are unique. Unlike most passenger services, the drivers of these companies operate as independent contractors. The State of California has made regulations that require all Transportation Network Companies to provide a $1 million dollar minimum in liability insurance coverage. If you’re involved in an accident while in a rideshare vehicle, you may have access to substantial insurance coverage in the event of serious injury. Contact an experienced attorney for more information.

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Grass Valley Auto Accident Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Grass Valley auto accident attorney. If you or a member of your family has suffered major injuries in an auto accident, please contact my office at (530) 392-9400 or free of toll at (800) 404-5400 for friendly, free and no obligation advice.

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