Motor vehicle owner responsiability

Can the owner be liable for damage in a Road Rage case if he was not the driver
and will not name the driver of the vehicle at the time.

Asked on December 27, 2017 under General Practice, Iowa

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, he will be liable. A car's owner is liable for the actions of those whom he or she allows to drive his or her car--essentially, for anyone except a car thief. If the owner will not press charges against the person who took his car, that means the person was not a thief, which means they had permission to drive, which means the owner can be held liable.


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