Can I sue the driver if I am injured in a car accident as a passenger in Florida?

Florida drivers have the responsibility to their passengers to operate their vehicle in a safe and sensible way. If you are a passenger injured in an automobile accident in Florida, you may be able to recover damages from the driver’s insurance company. There are, however, some exceptions to opening a claim as an injured passenger in the case of passengers residing with or being relatives of the driver.

This is encouraging news for injured passengers. According to the 2016 Traffic Crash Facts annual report put out by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, passenger injuries (not including fatalities) equaled 69, 682 of the total 165,940 2016 injury crashes. Almost 42% (not including fatalities) of injuries that occur in 2016 injury crashes happened to passengers.

Florida Auto Accidents Stats – Franco Law

Florida Auto Accidents Facts – Franco Law

In Hillsborough county, 21,380 of the 27,660 2016 crashes involved injuries. That means over 77% of the time, someone is injured in a Florida accident. It would be reasonable to assume that over 40% of those injuries based on the statistics for the state above happened to passengers.

Hillsborough county auto accident lawyer – Franco Law

It is also good to note, that Florida Statute protects passengers injured in for-hire transporation vehicles, such as, busses, taxis, or ubers.

Protection for passengers by the law could be especially useful for people like Ezekiel Blakes Sr. who suffered permanent brain damage as a passenger of Jean Paul Palmer’s car when Palmer collided with an 18-wheeler in Baton Rouge.

If you are unsure if you can seek compensation as an injured passenger, the lawyers at Franco Law Group would be happy to help.

Contact Franco Law Group at (813) 873-0180.

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Christine Franco

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Owner of the Tampa firm of Franco Law Group PA, Ms. Franco received her B.A. from The University of South Florida and her J.D. from Stetson College of Law in 1995. Ms. Franco practices primarily in the fields of personal injury, social security disability and has previously acted as the case law monitor for the News & 440 Report, providing updated case law summaries, specifically in the area of workers compensation, for five years. She was also editor of the News & 440 Report, and served for the Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Section as Secretary of the Executive Council.