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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