In car accident cases, the key issue is determining which driver is at fault for the accident. However, in some situations, the law can assign fault to someone who was not driving or present in the car at the time of the accident. These types of instances are:
If an employee drives the car: If an employee runs a red light and hits another car while driving his or her employer’s or company car during work hours, the employer will be responsible for the damages caused by their employee.
If a person allows someone to drive their car: In some states, car owners are legally responsible for negligent driving by anyone using the owner’s car with his or her permission. These laws do not require the parties to have a relationship like that of employer/employee.
If a child drives their parent’s car: In many states, parents are liable for their child’s negligent driving when they allow their child to use the family car.
If a person lets an incompetent or unfit driver use his or her car: If a person lends his or her car to an incompetent, reckless or unfit driver, and if the driver, through his or her negligent driving, causes a car accident, the owner of the car will be liable for the accident. Such cases fall under negligent entrustment.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact The Reinken Law Firm. We offer a free consultation to discuss your car accident case. Our personal injury attorneys will help you receive your rightful compensation. You owe no fee unless we win your case through a verdict or settlement. Contact us at 203-541-0090.