If there is a car accident, who is financially liable – the owner of the car or the driver?

Asked on October 17, 2014 under Accident Law, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Both are potentially financially liable, if the driver was at fault (e.g. driving carelessless or negligently) in causing the accident. A driver who is at fault can be liable for the injuries or damage he/she causes--and an owner who permits an at-fault driver is potentially liable, too. An injured person can sue either or both of them.

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