If you are driving and become distracted by a passenger, there are several things to do to continue your trip more safely, including:

  • Tell the passenger to stop the behavior and explain that it’s distracting. Sometimes that’s enough to get the person to end the disruptive conduct.
  • Pull over and stop the car until the distraction ends. If a passenger is unruly or will not stop the behavior, you may need to ask them to get out of the car. Don’t get back on the road until you have the situation under control and feel it is safe to resume driving.
  • Explain the rules of riding in the car before you begin your trip. If you often have to use the rearview mirror or talk to your children in the back seat to stop a squabble or deal with their behavior, remind them of the responsibilities that go with driving and their responsibilities as passengers.

When to Seek the Advice of an Attorney

If you were injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, whether it was due to a passenger in their car, cell phone use, or any other reason, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your financial losses and suffering. Call an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to help with your claim. An attorney will investigate your case to determine if the distracted driver can be held liable. You may be able to receive compensation for the following:

  • Medical bills and expenses
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Loss of income
  • Pain and suffering


Christopher L. Russo
Helping Rhode Island personal injury victims for nearly three decades to get the compensation they deserve.