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Can a Passenger Be Liable for a Car Accident?

Can a Passenger Be Liable for a Car Accident?

In most car accidents, the driver would be the person responsible for the collision, but that is not always the case. The duty of the driver is to be alert, undistracted, and unimpaired. If a driver believes that a passenger can cause an accident, it is the driver’s responsibility to pull over until they can get back on the road safely.

Duty of the Passenger

The driver of a vehicle is solely responsible for what occurs while driving. However, a passenger can be held liable for an accident if they interfere with the driver. Houston car accident attorneys can assist with sorting through who is liable in car accident cases. Here are the reasons a passenger may be held accountable for a car accident:

  • Pressuring a driver to drive under the influence
  • Encouraging a driving to drive recklessly
  • Looking at text messages being shared by the passenger
  • Fighting or otherwise distracting the driver
  • Encouraging the drive to participate in a race

If a passenger interferes with the driver by grabbing the steering wheel and causes an accident, the passenger could be held solely accountable. In all cases, it is still the responsibility of the driver to ensure that he can drive safely.

Houston Car Accident Lawyers

Houston car accident attorneys from Daspit Law Firm can answer any questions or concerns you have regarding a car accident liability. We have been helping individuals and families recover the compensation they deserve after suffering injuries in an accident. Regardless of who caused your accident, our team is here to help you. Failure to act now could mean that you receive far less than you deserve - or nothing at all. You need a Houston personal injury lawyer on your side to fight for you. Daspit Law Firm has locations in Houston, Galveston, and Beaumont, Texas.

Call our team today at (888) 273-1045 to schedule a case review!