If a scooter was registered to me and someone without a license drove it intoxicated without a license and got in an accident am I at fault? 10 Answers as of July 11, 2014

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The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq. | John J. Carney
You are guilty of facilitating the crimes that the person committed if you knew they were not licensed and insured and you are liable in part for any injuries or damages. Never give a vehicle to anyone for any reason. Give them taxi fare if you want to help them but do not assume legal responsibility for their actions.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 7/11/2014
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
Yes, you could be... especially if you knew they were operating the scooter
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 7/10/2014
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
Maybe. Did you let them drive it? Did they take it without permission? These questions need to be answered in order to give an opinion.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/11/2014
Law Office of Linda K. Frieder
Law Office of Linda K. Frieder | Linda K. Frieder, Esq.
You are not at fault for the accident unless you served him the alcohol. However, as the owner of the bike you can be sued civilly.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/11/2014
Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
Maybe, depends on what you knew and when.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 7/10/2014
    Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
    Did you permit him to ride the scooter? If so, you will likely be on the hook because you acted negligently in doing so.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/10/2014
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
    You are not necessarily at fault unless it could be proven that you knew that you were allowing an unlicensed and intoxicated driver to use the vehicle. Regardless of fault, as the registered owner of the vehicle you likely have an obligation to insure the vehicle. That insurance covers the vehicle, not you. The injured party has access to that insurance as long as the driver had permission to operate the vehicle.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 7/10/2014
    TAMBASCO & ASSOCIATES, P.C. Attorneys at Law | R. Tambasco
    Potential liability for property damage and injuries will depend on whether you allowed or gave consent the operator to take off on the scooter knowing he/she was intoxicated. If not, taking the scooter without your knowledge or consent could also be a theft for the operator . It is not likely that you would have any criminal liability. However, more detailed facts would allow a clearer review of the situation.
    Answer Applies to: Indiana
    Replied: 7/10/2014
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    Potentially yes, if the person was using your scooter with permission. It was stolen no.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/10/2014
    MatthewR. Schutz, Esq | Matthew R. Schutz
    Unless you were aware that the driver was intoxicated at the time you let him use the scooter, no.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 7/10/2014
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