Most of the time, there is no problem.
But the lawyer always has to pay attention, to make sure that when he is doing something for one client, he doesn’t hurt the other one.
When is that likely?
It’s possible when he represents both a driver and a passenger from the same car, and there is an argument over liability – for instance, when both drivers are saying that they had the green light.
Or when both persons in the car have significant injuries and the other driver’s insurance has low limits, but no “per person” limits. Or in a number of other situations that happen, but not very often.
A lot of the time, a conflict can be avoided by settling the passenger’s claim before filing suit. That way, the passenger won’t be forced to file suit against his friend, the driver.
I have been a lawyer over 30 years. A lawyer cannot sue his client, or do anything adverse to his client. If you have a personal injury case in Cincinnati, Ohio or if you want to know what your lawsuit is worth, talk with an experienced Cincinnati Injury Attorney about the case. Call me, William Strubbe, at 513-621-4775.
Because all situations are different, and because there may be other facts pertaining to your case that I don’t know about, you should not rely on this answer for legal advice. I am not your attorney, and no lawyer client relationship has been formed. All discussions are limited to Ohio law unless otherwise indicated. And past performance cannot be used to predict future results.