Car accident liability can often be difficult to discern, especially when a person who isn’t even present at the time of an accident can be held liable for damages. When you lend your car to someone, you may not consider the possibility of your liability in the event of an accident. Car accident lawyers note the list below of three ways that you can be held liable for another person’s driving.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact Attorney Group for Oklahoma to learn more about your options in a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. If you wish to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated car accident lawyer.
1. When Your Employee Drives the Company Car
If your employee is driving the company vehicle while on the job and causes an accident, you can be held liable for damages in many states. However, you typically would not be liable if that employee caused an accident outside of work and not under your authorization.
2. When You Allow Another Person to Drive Your Car
In some states, car owners who allow other individuals to drive their vehicles can be held liable for the damages those drivers cause. These laws do not usually require an employer/employee-like relationship, and it applies to anyone who is given permission to drive the vehicle. In this case, if you allow your neighbor to borrow your car and the neighbor acts negligently and causes an accident, you may be the one who is legally liable for the damages caused.
3. When You Sign Your Minor Child’s License Application
In some states, there is a law that makes the parent or guardian who signs a minor’s driver’s license application liable for the minor’s negligence in causing an accident. So even if you are not present when your child is at fault in an accident, you are held liable because you signed his or her driver’s license application.
Injured Drivers or Passengers May Be Entitled to Compensation
Drivers or passengers who are injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of income or ability to work.
If a person is killed in an accident, his or her family members may be entitled to wrongful death compensation, including mental anguish from the loss of a loved, conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death, and loss of a loved one’s financial support.
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