Passenger Rights In a Car Accident
What You Should Know About Passenger Rights In a Car Accident
It happened so fast. One minute you’re riding in the car. The next minute, you’re a passenger in the middle of an accident. If you or a loved one was recently injured in a car accident as a passenger, it’s important to understand your rights and responsibilities. A car accident attorney can help you get the assistance you need and educate you on your rights.
It’s important to understand that in South Carolina, injured passengers have the same rights as injured drivers. This means that even if you weren’t driving the car, you are able to collect compensation for the injuries and damage that occurred during a car accident. Furthermore, if you were a passenger in the at-fault car, you are still able to seek compensation. A car accident attorney may even be able to get you money when the at-fault driver was a family member.
Most attorney’s in this situation would recommend retaining separate counsel from the driver in the accident. Try to avoid cost saving efforts by splitting the attorney fees, and consider an attorney that can represent you individually, aside from the driver. This can avoid a situation where a conflict of interest may arise.
It’s important to keep in mind how your actions could have potentially caused or affected the accident. For example, if you are joking around and distracting the driver at-fault, you might be equally responsible for the accident at hand. If you are wrongly accused of causing the accident, you should also speak to an attorney and determine how to build a case to prove otherwise.
If you or a loved one was recently injured while riding in a vehicle as the passenger, contact a car accident attorney at the law offices of John Price.