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When Are You Liable for Another Driver’s Car Accident?



February 8th, 2019

When it comes to car accidents, determining which driver is responsible or at fault for the accident is one of the biggest hurdles. Typically, the driver who was negligent and did not use reasonable caution and care while driving is liable for the accident. However, there are situations where a person who was not driving the vehicle at the time of the accident can be held liable for the accident.

Here are some of the scenarios in which the non-driving person can be held liable for an accident:

  1. When the driver who caused the accident is an employee: When an employee drives a company car and has an accident, the employer is responsible by law for the accident and is liable for all the injuries and damages incurred as a result of the accident.
  2. When the car owner gave permission for driving: Car owners will be held responsible for negligent driving by anyone they give permission to use the vehicle.
  3. When parents allow their children to use the car: In this case, there are a handful of laws that dictate liability, such as the family purpose doctrine. Under this doctrine, the owner of the vehicle is liable for negligent driving by any family member who uses it. Another cause for liability is negligent entrustment. This occurs when a parent permits a minor child to use the family vehicle even though they know or should have known that the child is reckless, inexperienced or incompetent.
  • Negligent entrustment also applies outside of the parent/child relationship, including lending your car to a person who is:
    • Intoxicated
    • Unlicensed or underage
    • Inexperienced
    • Elderly
    • Previously reckless

    Free Consultation with Experienced Car Accident Attorneys

    If you or a loved one are seeking to pursue legal action after a car accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. At Dervishi Law Group, P.C., our car accident lawyers have handled thousands of car accident cases and have consistently achieved exceptional results for our clients. Call 917-300-0797 or 718-619-4525 or email fdervishi@dervishilaw.com.

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