What to do if I sold a car to someone in another state but they never registered it in their name and had an accident for which they were uninsured?

I submitted a vehicle transfer notification on the day of sale. I’ve now received a letter in the mail asking for my insurance information. In summary, I sold a car, buyer didn’t register, they had an accident 1,150 miles away, I’m being billed. I can’t force the person to change the title over. Am I still liable for damages?

Asked on November 17, 2015 under Accident Law, Texas

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, you are liable for the accident because you were the registered owner of the vehicle.  Refer the matter to your insurance company.  If the case is NOT settled with your insurance carrier, your only recourse would be to sue the purchaser of your car for negligence to recover the amount of any court judgment against you.


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