If a passenger in my vehicle grabs my steering wheel and causes my vehicle to crash,what claims can be made against that passenger?

Asked on October 29, 2015 under Accident Law, Utah


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The person was negligent (unreasonably careless), reckless (more than "merely" careless), or intentionally caused you to crash. Causing a crash under those circumstances can make that person liable, or financially responsible, for all losses, costs, and damage you suffered, such as: repair costs, or the value of the car, if it must be totalled; towing charges; renting a replacement car for a reasonable period while your car is repaired or replaced; lost wages, if you missed work due to this; medical costs, if you had to go the doctor or hospital.

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