If my brother fraudulently registered a vehicle in my name and was involved in an accident but had no insurance, what is my liability?

Asked on March 8, 2013 under Accident Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

You should not be liable IF you can show that the registration was fraudulent and without your permission or approval: someone cannot make you liable for a vehicle against your will. However, you may have to report this to the police and press charges against your brother, or else the insurer, other parties, and/or the courts may not believe that this was truly without your approval--since if someone commits a crime, you should be reporting it to the police.


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