Many people take advantage of California's carpool lanes (also called HOV - high occupancy vehicle lanes) as a way to move quickly through congested freeways. The appeal of carpools is understandable - you can get to work more efficiently and alternate driving responsibilities. However, just as in other lanes of traffic and in single car accidents - carpoolers can find themselves in accidents and collisions. Many people don't realize that even if you're a passenger - you may face liability for a car pool accident.
If you have been injured in any type of California car accident, consulting with an experienced Stockton personal injury lawyer is important to protect your rights and answer your personal injury questions.
If you have been involved in a carpool car accident, a couple of tips to remember include:
• California is a comparative negligence state. This means that anyone responsible can be held liable for his or her percentage of fault. Even if you're not driving but do something that affects the driver - such as distracting them so that they lose focus on their driving - you may be held responsible for any ensuing injuries.
• Similarly, if you have been injured in a carpool accident you may be able to seek damages for your injuries from both the driver of your vehicle and the driver of another vehicle (or other entity) involved in the crash.
Many times, insurance companies may delay processing claims and make it difficult to obtain compensation for your injuries when a number of parties are involved.
For more information about car pool accident or if you have been injured in any motor vehicle accident contact a dedicated Stockton car accident lawyer at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.