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If You Weren't Driving are you Liable?

Posted by Dev Sethi | Apr 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

In some cases, when a driver isn't behind the wheel, he or she can still be liable for an accident that occurs. There are three main situations where this proves to be true. First of all, if you are an employer who allows your employee to drive a car, you are assuming liability in any accidents caused by your employee while he or she is out on the road.

The law holds employers responsible for nay negligent acts committed by an employee while that worker is performing job duties. For example, if you own a pizza parlor and one of your delivery workers causes an accident, you will be held responsible for that collision. Also, if you have employees running deliveries and one of them runs a red light, hitting a pedestrian, you are liable.

The second situation when you may be held liable for a car accident is when you let someone else drive your car. In some states, car owner are legally responsible for negligent driving and any accidents that occur when a person in behind the wheel. In some cases, merely giving someone permission to drive your car can be cause for liability. You will need to determine your court's stance on this issue to learn more.

Also, you can be liable for any accidents that occur when the kids drive your car. In many states, parents are liable for their child's negligent driving and they let their child use the family car in order to get from here to there. When your kids commit traffic violations in your car, you may be sued based on negligent entrustment or family purpose.

Also, you can be forced to pay damages because your signed the minor's driver's license application and therefore claimed liability for the child's driving.

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Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.


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