If you allow your friend to borrow your car and they get into a collision, who is liable? This can be a tricky question to answer, as there are many factors that need to be considered. In this blog post, we will explore some of the scenarios in which liability may fall and try to provide some clarity on the matter.
The Parties that May Be Liable if a Friend Crashes Your Car
In most cases, the person who owns the car (you) will be liable for any damage caused by your friend during their use of the vehicle. This is due to a legal concept known as “vicarious liability,” which holds that a person can be held responsible for the actions of another if they allowed them access to their property or gave permission for them to use it in some way.
However, there are circumstances where other parties may also be held liable. For example, if you were aware that your friend was not fit to drive but still allowed them to do so anyway, then you may be considered negligent and partially responsible for the accident. In addition, if your friend had no valid license or insurance, then the other party in the collision may be able to pursue a claim against them as well.
What Liability Ultimately Comes Down To
When it comes to who’s liable if a friend crashes your car, there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration. It is important to note that in most cases, you will likely be held responsible for any damages caused by your friend, even if they were not legally allowed to drive or had no insurance. Therefore, it is always wise to think twice before allowing someone else access to your vehicle and ensure that everything is in order beforehand. Ultimately, it will help you avoid costly legal issues down the line.
While you may want to allow your friend to drive your car because it makes you feel like a good friend, it may be better for you to just give them a ride instead of letting them take your car.
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