With rising gas prices and the continuous congestion of our road systems, carpooling has become an attractive alternative to the usual solo-commute through heavy city traffic. Carpool lanes (or “high occupancy vehicle lanes”) are now a popular way for people to get to and from work. Although they can eliminate some hassles of daily commuting, there are a few risks to be aware of before you hit the carpool lane.
As with any form of driving, car accidents can occur while carpooling. In some situations, a car accident may result in the injury of one or more people. Drivers and car owners are the ones who are usually liable in car accidents; however, in some carpool accidents passengers may share legal liability.