David F. Stoddard | David F. Stoddard
I do not believe the car owner would be liable unless they could prove that the owner was negligent in letting the other driver borrow the car. To prove this, you would have to present evidence that the owner knew the driver was a dangerous driver. The highway department might suspend the owner's drivers license until any damage claim is settled. I know they do this if you are the driver, but they may do it even if you are just the owner because you are supposed to have insurance on your car.
Answer Applies to: South Carolina
Wilson & Hajek,LLC, a personal injury law firm | Francis Hajek
The owner may or may not be personally liable depending on the facts of the case. However, your insurance covers the car accident. As ot he owner, it depends on whether he or she had knowledge that the person to whom the car was lent was unlicensed.
Answer Applies to: Virginia
The Law Offices of Paul A. Samakow, P.C. | Paul A. Samakow
Yes, possibly. If the owner of the car that was used was aware that the individual did not have a license, then there may be some responsibility on the part of the owner. I would contact an attorney.
Answer Applies to: Virginia
Lombardi Law Firm | Steve Lombardi
Yes, at least in Iowa they can be held liable. The owner can be liable because whether a person has a license or doesn't have a license isn't relevant. The issue that are relevant are knowledge and consent. Did the owner give the person consent? I noticed you danced around this issue so I'm going to assume you did give consent.
Answer Applies to: Iowa
R. D. Kelly Law Firm, P.L.L.C. | Robert Kelly
Negligence usually involves failure to be as careful as a reasonably prudent person would have been. "A person entrusting a vehicle to another may be liable under a theory of negligent entrustment only if that person knew, or should have known in the exercise of ordinary care, that the person to whom the vehicle was entrusted is reckless, heedless, or incompetent".
Answer Applies to: Washington
Law Office of Garrett S. Handy | Garrett S. Handy
Perhaps. The owner of the car may be found liable for Negligent Entrustment meaning the owner should have known better than to let an unlicensed/uninsured person drive his/her car. Whether or not the owner is liable under a theory of negligent entrustment depends on several factors. In a case like this, it is almost always advisable to just file an uninsured motorist claim with your own insurance company.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Holzer Edwards | Kurt Holzer
In Idaho the answer to that is yes, but only up to the minimum limits of insurance or the insurance the owner has. If the owner was independently negligent in entrusting the car to the driver and causing the collision, the owner might be directly responsible.
Answer Applies to: Idaho
Law Offices of Michael Stephenson | Michael Stephenson
Yes, an owner of a vehicle is always potentially liable if the vehicle is involved in a collision. However, more facts as to the relationship between the owner and the driver are needed to give a firm answer in your case.
Answer Applies to: California