If we signed the title to our SUV to a friend but he had an accident before changing the title into his name, are we liable for a car accident that he had?

We removed the tags. We did not know that the person never went to DMV to change the title in their name. Well the person had a accident and now we are being sued.

Asked on August 24, 2014 under Accident Law, Virginia


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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, you are liable for the accident because since the title wasn't changed, you were the registered owner of the vehicle when the accident occurred.

If you can obtain a declaration signed under penalty of perjury from the purchaser of your car that he was the owner and you were not the owner on the date of the accident, you may be able to resolve this. 

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