Who Can a Passenger in a Car Accident Sue in Maryland?

Passengers and drivers are equally susceptible to injuries in a car accident. No one likes to think about it, but sometimes a person must sue a friend or loved one in order to recover the compensation he or she deserves and needs to move on from the accident. If you would like more information on who a passenger in a Maryland car accident may sue, please read on, then contact one of our experienced car accident attorneys in Prince George’s County, Maryland today.

What rights does a passenger in a Maryland car accident have?

Maryland is an “at-fault” state, so the person who causes the car accident is responsible for any losses, such as injuries, lost income and property damage. Thus, a passenger may have just as much right to sue a taxi, bus or chauffeur as a friend, spouse or other loved one.

How can a passenger hold the driver of the car they were riding in liable?

As a passenger, you must prove that the driver of the car in which you were riding owed you a duty of care and breached the duty. Then you must prove that the breach was a direct and proximate cause of your injuries and that you sustained damages as a result of the accident. Though by no means mandatory, it is best if you can prove that you sustained one or more of the following injuries due to the negligence of the driver of the car in which you were riding:

  • Permanent injury of an organ or body part
  • Any significant limitation of a bodily function
  • Bone fractures
  • Injuries that force the passenger to be on disability for at least 90 days

Needless to say, you must satisfy the burden of proof against any and all of the defendants in your personal injury claim. Beware that the other parties’ lawyers may try to shift the blame.

How might a passenger share fault in a Maryland car accident?

Admittedly, it is rare for a passenger to be found partially at-fault for a car accident. However, the defendant’s lawyers may argue that you share fault because you:

  • Refused to wear a seatbelt
  • Rode with the driver knowing he or she was impaired
  • Told the driver the road was clear when it was not
  • Intentionally distracted the driver

Having one of our skilled Prince George’s County motor vehicle accident attorneys on your side can help ensure that the correct parties are assigned fault and that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.


If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC. We provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C., and all of Maryland. 

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