Getting into a car accident is a painful and troublesome event. You may have severe injuries to recover from, and the last thing you want to do is mess with the legal side of things. Fortunately, your attorney can step in while you recover, so you don’t have to make unnecessary trips to court or negotiate a settlement on your own.
When you’re in a collision, one of the things you may run into is a situation where the driver was not the owner of the vehicle. This results in a case of vicarious liability and negligent entrustment. When a person loans his or her vehicle to a dangerous driver, the owner can be held liable for the person’s actions and may be held liable for your injuries.
This can also apply in the case of a parent and child. For example, if a parent allows a child to drive his vehicle and the child causes an accident, then the parents will be held liable for the damage caused by the minor, even if the minor isn’t on the auto insurance policy. The same thing can happen when employers allow employees to drive company vehicles; they can be held liable for the employees’ actions, especially if they result in injuries.
If you’re hurt because a person allowed someone to drive their vehicle negligently, you may have a case against that party as well as the driver. Our website has more information, so you can better understand how to make a claim and decide if a settlement offered is right for you.