Who Do You File a Personal Injury Claim Against If You Are a Passenger?


If you have sustained injuries in a car accident, please read on, then contact an experienced Morris County automobile accidents attorney to learn who do you file a personal injury claim against if you are a passenger in a friend’s car.

Who should a passenger file a personal injury claim against in New Jersey?

If you were a passenger in a car crash in New Jersey, you may have the right to financial compensation for expenses related to the accident. As long as you meet New Jersey’s legal requirements, you could be entitled to file an injury claim. Passengers who are injured are legally allowed to file a claim against the driver that caused the accident. If the host driver caused the accident, the injured passenger can file a claim with his or her insurance. However, if the other driver caused the accident, the injured passenger will file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance.

What determines fault in New Jersey?

The determination of who is at fault after a car accident in New Jersey is typically made by a judge using information collected from the following sources:

  • Parties involved in the accident
  • Their legal representatives
  • Their insurance claims adjusters
  • The police officers who responded to the accident

These individuals will testify to the following aspects of fault:

  • Breach of duty: The responsible driver breached their duty of care, either through negligence or intent
  • Causation: This breach of duty caused the accident to occur
  • Damages: The accident resulted in losses and expenses

How can a Morris County personal injury lawyer help a passenger in their personal injury claim in New Jersey?

Reaching out to a skilled Morris County personal injury attorney to discuss your next steps can make all the difference in the success or failure of your personal injury claim as a passenger in a friend’s car. Our firm will fully apprise you of your rights and responsibilities as well as give you an honest assessment of your case. No one likes the thought of having to file a claim against a friend, but that may be necessary. A qualified legal professional will also help you compile and present the evidence needed to prove your claim in court. This process will be long and draining. Let us provide much-needed guidance.


If you have been the victim of the negligence of another in an accident, please contact my office as quickly as possible following the subject accident. It is important to consult with us early on so that we may begin the process of fighting for your rights in regard to any potential claim that you may have. The process is complicated and requires the expertise of a qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney. Contact Lutz Injury Law today.

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