3 Times When You Are Liable for Another Person’s Driving
Even if you are a great driver, you could be responsible for an accident caused by someone else. The prosecution must be able to prove that you are at fault through one or more civil or criminal statutes. If you find yourself in this situation, Las Vegas injury attorneys may be able to help.
An Employee Crashes the Company Vehicle
If you own a business and an employee crashes the company vehicle while delivering products, your business could be liable through vicarious liability or imputed negligence. In some cases, employees might drive their own cars but put a sign on top stating that they are a driver for your company. In that case, both you and the driver could be held with civil liability for damages in the accident. When an employee uses a company vehicle without permission, your business might not be liable.
An Unfit Driver Borrows Your Car
If you allow an unfit driver or reckless driver to drive your vehicle, you could be held responsible for another person’s injuries. The prosecution would have to prove that you knew the person driving your car was unfit as a driver. For example, if you knew that the driver had already been in several accidents, was intoxicated, had no license or had physical limitations making it difficult for the person to drive, you could be liable for the damage.
A Family Member Crashes the Car
If your minor child crashes the family car, you could be held liable under one or more laws. For example, signing the driver’s license application as your child’s parent or guardian may imply acceptance of damages if your child gets into a crash. If you buy and maintain a car for use of all household members, you could be held in civil liability for injuries caused in an accident. The family member who drove the car could be criminally liable.