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Passengers may be entitled to compensation after a car accident

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2020 | Personal Injury

If you are a passenger in a vehicle that is involved in a wreck that takes place on a North Dakota highway, you may be entitled to compensation. This is generally true assuming that you didn’t take any reckless or careless actions before, during or after the accident happened.

Whoever drives a vehicle has a duty of care to others

Generally speaking, motorists have a duty of care to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. They also are responsible for protecting individuals who are traveling in their cars. Therefore, whoever is driving the car that you are riding in would typically be liable for any financial losses that you incur if he or she causes an accident. If the driver of another vehicle was responsible for a collision with your car or truck to occur, that person would be liable for any losses that you incur.

Why you may be partially liable for your injuries

In any type of personal injury case, an injured victim may be partially liable for his or her injuries if that person was negligent in any way. In a car accident case, you may be partially liable for a head injury that occurred because you weren’t wearing a safety belt.

You may also be partially liable in a car accident case if your actions caused the driver to go through a red light or a stop sign. An attorney may review the facts of the case and develop a strategy that downplays any actions that you took that might have contributed to an accident.

If you are injured in an auto accident, you may be able to obtain a financial award to help pay for medical bills or recoup lost wages even if you were a passenger in the vehicle that caused the crash. An MVA attorney may obtain a favorable outcome in the matter either through a settlement or in court.