Who Do I Sue if I’m Injured as a Passenger in an Auto Accident?

You and your friend were driving along, when all of a sudden, a deer runs into the road. Your friend tries to avoid the deer but ends up losing control of the vehicle and hitting a fixed object. You’re both alive, but you broke your arm as a result of the crash. Unfortunately, these scenarios are far from uncommon. That said, if you were injured as a passenger in such circumstances, you’re most likely wondering about what to do next. Of course, you don’t want to sue your friend, yet you still have medical bills and are losing out on your weekly pay because you’re unable to return to work. If you find yourself in this situation or a similar one and you are unsure of what to do, please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Washington D.C. auto accident lawyers to learn more about how we can help if you’ve been injured as a passenger. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Who is responsible if I was injured as a passenger in an auto accident?

If you were injured as a passenger in an auto accident caused by the driver of another vehicle, that driver is likely the one liable for your accident. That said, if you were injured as a passenger in an auto accident that was caused by your driver, technically, your driver is the one responsible. Fortunately, however, we do not have to sue your friend directly. Instead, we actually sue the driver’s insurance company. For many, this is a relief, as no one wants to see their friend hurt because of an accident.

What should I do after being involved in a D.C. auto accident?

After sustaining an injury in an auto accident, you should do your best to document the evidence surrounding the accident. This can include speaking to witnesses and getting their contact information, talking with police (who will write up an accident report and ensure you receive swift medical treatment), taking pictures of the scene of the accident, gathering medical documentation regarding your injuries, and more. Finally, you’ll need to hire our competent Washington D.C. injury attorneys who can effectively guide you through each step of the claims process. You can bet that the other party’s insurance company will try and offer you a lowball settlement–our job is to fight for the maximum compensation on your behalf so you can get your life back. If you have any other questions about injured passenger auto accidents or would like to speak with an attorney from our firm, simply give us a call or contact us online today.


Contact the experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC for help with your injury claim.