If the owner of a motor vehicle (car, boat, four-wheeler, motorcycle, etc.) allows friends or family members to operate it without supervision, he can potentially be held liable for accidents they may cause.
The vehicle owner’s potential liability arises under the Doctrine of Negligent Entrustment. Under the negligent entrustment doctrine, the owner can be held liable if he negligently entrusts the vehicle to the person whose actions harmed the victim.
For this doctrine to support an injury or wrongful death case, the plaintiff must prove that the vehicle’s owner knew, or should have known, that the borrower was an unfit driver who was likely to cause injury to others.
The plaintiff also has to prove that the owner lending the vehicle to the irresponsible party ultimately caused the accident.
Do I Have a Case for Wrongful Death?
In any wrongful death case, you want the responsible parties held accountable and punished in accordance with the law. If you were hit by a driver with a history of negligent driving habits, a revoked license or no license at all, they may not be the only one responsible.
Call Proffitt & Cox to discuss your personal injury or wrongful death case. You may be missing out on crucial information that could improve your settlement, helping you pay costly medical bills while focusing on your recovery.
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