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


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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