If I am the legal owner of car that was in an accident but I was not involved and our insurance does not cover the driver, am I liable?

Asked on June 11, 2012 under Accident Law, California


Robert Slim / Robert C. Slim - Attorney at Law

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You would be liable if you are guilty of "negligent entrustment."  That is, if you allow someone who you know, or should know, is an incompetent or unlicensed driver, then you can be held liable if that person causes an accident.  However, negligent entrustment is usually very difficult to prove.

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