Passenger Accident Lawyer
Written by Joseph A. Nagy
I am Joseph A. Nagy, and I am an experienced passenger accident lawyer. My firm, Joseph A. Nagy Injury Law, specializes in all types of injuries from motor vehicle accidents. We help clients throughout central and northern Alberta,
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident while you were a passenger, you may have to sue a negligent driver or other person who caused the collision in order to receive compensation. You may qualify for passenger injury compensation. To obtain the compensation, you will need the help of a qualified injury lawyer who knows the law and has experience handling passenger accidents, dealing with insurance companies, and obtaining fair settlements for clients.
If you were a passenger in a vehicle accident and have been injured, I can help you. Call (780) 760-4878 (HURT) or contact me, Joseph A. Nagy, to arrange a free consultation. There is no obligation. I will recommend steps you should take to be certain the insurance company treats you fairly.
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Why hire a passenger accident lawyer?
Injured passengers can seek compensation from the at-fault driver’s car insurance. Some facts that may reduce your compensation include:
- being a passenger in the at-fault driver’s vehicle and knowing the driver was inebriated
- contributing to the accident (e.g. grabbing the steering wheel)
- not wearing your seat belt.
Passenger accidents can be complex. If the driver was a colleague, friend, or loved one, you may be uncertain what to do. But you also need to protect yourself, and the best way to do that is always to consult a personal injury lawyer.
You can call (780) 760-4878 (HURT) or contact me, Joseph A. Nagy to tell me about your accident. I am an experienced passenger accident lawyer. I can recommend the steps that need to be taken to ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve. I offer free consultations, and you are under no obligation to hire me as your multi-vehicle accident lawyer.
To learn more about how an injury lawyer can help you, read Top 5 Reasons to Hire an Edmonton Injury Lawyer by Joseph A. Nagy.
Can the passenger sue in a drunk driving accident?
If the driver was intoxicated, your knowledge of the state of intoxication of the driver is critical. The defence of volenti non fit injuria (voluntary assumption of risk) can stop you from successfully suing the driver. The application of this defence is fact specific. Always consult an injury lawyer.
Can a passenger be liable for a vehicle accident?
A passenger will generally not be liable because he was not operating the vehicle. There are some exceptions, such as if the passenger interferes with the driver’s operation of the vehicle by grabbing the steering wheel. Arguably, the passenger then caused or contributed to the cause of the accident. Experienced passenger accident lawyers like myself are familiar with the case law in such cases.
What If the passenger wasn’t wearing a seat belt?
Alberta’s Contributory Negligence Act apportions degrees of fault to passengers who fail to wear seat belts. The driver also owes a duty of care to ensure his passengers are seat belted before putting the vehicle into motion. Parents must ensure that their children are properly restrained in children’s car seats.
To discuss the potential impact of the Alberta Contributory Negligence Act on your case, call (780) 760-4878 (HURT) or contact me, Joseph A. Nagy. I am an experienced passenger accident lawyer. I offer free consultations. We can discuss your case, and you are under no obligation to hire me as your multi-vehicle accident lawyer.