If a licensed driver allowed an unlicensed drive their vehicle who is liable? 2 Answers as of July 10, 2017

If an unlicensed didn't know they were not as liable as licensed driver who allowed usage of their vehicle by unlicensed driver and unlicensed driver gave a note to licensed driver that they would pay for damages when legally it was more of the licensed owners fault, can a note change the judge’s decision in court that entire incident falls upon the owner?

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Gregory M Janks, PC
Gregory M Janks, PC | Gregory M Janks
Michigan has an Owner Liability Statute that generally makes both a negligent driver, as well as the owner, liable if property damage or injury is caused by the negligent operation. There are some exceptions to the general rule, so the specific fact pattern needs to be analyzed.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/10/2017
Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
The owner, and the permitted driver are both liable. The owner who knowingly allows an unlicensed person to drive should be beaten, for being naive.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/10/2017
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