What to do about an accident while test-driving a dealership car?

I was test- driving a dealership car. I was taking a left turn when a guy rammed into the vehicle. They had not made me sign any waiver nor they had taken any information from me prior to test-driving. The police was called and I was at fault. Do I have to pay for the damages to both cars or just the dealership pays? I am so confused.

Asked on August 18, 2012 under Accident Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you were at fault in causing the accident--that is, you were negligent, or unreasonably careless, such as if you carelessly made your left turn into on-coming traffic--then you are potentially liable for any/all damage caused in the accident. A driver of another's car is not liable simply because he or she was driving--but on the other hand, to the degree he or she was negligent, he can be liable, or financially responsible, even when driving another's vehicle.


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