Liability of automobile owner for accidend caused by someone driving the car WITHOUT permission
Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:21 PM
Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:38 AM
In California, is the owner of an automobile liable for damages caused by someone driving the car without the owner's permission?
Depends on the circumstances.
Example: Someone hotwires the car, drives off and causes an accident. Owner obviously not responsible.
Example: Member of household (or guest) picks up keys from the table, drives off causes an accident, has been known by the owner to have done this in the past but owner failed to secure the keys. Owner might be responsible.
We need a lot more detail to make any kind of useful comment.
And, by the way, if the owner turns out not to be responsible it doesn't prevent somebody from suing the owner anyway, which is a good reason to have insurance.
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:00 AM
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