Can a Passenger Ever Be Held Liable for a Car Crash?
In most cases, when involved in a car crash, one of the drivers would be held responsible. But that is not always the case. It is the duty of the driver to be alert, undistracted, and unimpaired while driving. If a driver believes that something or someone is distracting them to the extent of causing an accident, it is the driver’s responsibility to pull over till they can get back on the road safely. With that being said, it is possible for the passenger to be held liable for a crash if they interfere with the driver. Let’s say a passenger encourages the driver to participate in unsafe driving practices, the passenger could be held partially responsible. For example, if a passenger is encouraging a driver to drive under the influence, text message, or other dangerous behavior, the passenger could be held accountable.
Another example is if the passage physically interferes with the driver. If they start hitting the driver, or grab the steering wheel, they could be held solely accountable. In all cases, it is still the responsibility of the driver to ensure that he can drive safely.
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