What will happen to me if I loan my car to someone out on parole for a DUI and having a revoked license and they get pulled over for a non-drinking offense?

My friend served 18 month for a DUI. He says the risk of him driving my car is all on him. What am I risking if I let him drive my car?

Asked on April 5, 2012 under General Practice, Illinois

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If your friend is at fault in an auto accident while driving your car, you would be liable since you are the registered owner of the vehicle.  Your liability would include property damage to the other vehicle and personal injury claims of the occupants of the other vehicle.  The personal injury claims would include medical bills, pain and suffering, which is an amount in addition to the medical bills, and wage loss.

If your friend is at fault in the accident when you let him drive your car with his revoked license, it is possible that your auto insurance company might deny the claim of the driver/occupants of the other vehicle.  If that happens, the other driver and occupants of that vehicle would sue you for their property damage and personal injury claims.


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