In a majority of car accident cases, the main objective is determining who the individual at fault is, in order to secure compensation for the person affected by the accident. Generally, the person operating the vehicle can be accused of negligence if necessary evidence is provided.
They will be subjected to pay for the damages sustained by the plaintiff. However, you may not be aware that you could be held liable for the careless driving of someone else, even if you weren’t operating your vehicle in the first place.
Under certain legal procedures, you could be held liable for someone else’s driving if you do not understand the laws concerning liability in the case of minors or employer-employee relationships. This is where a Coeur d’Alene car accident law firm can help. If you are particularly interested in learning how you can be held liable for the driving of someone else, here is some more information to familiarize you with this legal concept.
Children Driving Their Parents’ Vehicle
In many states, parents can be held liable for allowing their child to access the family car. The basis of this concept is formed around the legal theory of negligent entrustment, which basically specifies that the parents knowingly gave their child permission to use their vehicle when the parents are fully aware that their child is inexperienced, unlicensed, or completely careless.
On the other hand, parents can also be held liable even if they were not aware that their child was operating their vehicle. This concept is known as the family purpose doctrine, in which the owner of a vehicle can be punished if a minor negligently operates their vehicle.
In addition, in Idaho, before a minor can apply to receive a driver’s license, an adult must sign a form making them legally responsible for the negligent driving of that minor. Ensuring that your child drives safely, while monitoring their vehicle usage, can reduce the chances of your liability.
Employees Operating Employer Vehicles
In Idaho, employers are directly responsible for the careless driving of their employees. For example, if you assign one of your employees to carry out an assignment with your vehicle during work hours and their careless driving results in the cause of an accident, you would be responsible for any injuries and damages.
Knowingly Allowing An Unfit Driver To Drive
The most common mistake many drivers make is allowing unfit drivers to utilize their vehicle. By knowingly allowing an unfit driver to use your car, you may be automatically liable for any accidents. An unfit driver is usually defined as:
● An unlicensed or underaged driver.
● An intoxicated driver.
● A driver suffering from a crippling illness.
● A driver with a history of reckless driving.
If you allow any of these drivers to access your vehicle, you could be liable for all damages. The best way to avoid this issue is to simply vet the drivers who plan to use your car. Be sure to check the license of a driver who plans to operate your car, and never let an unlicensed minor drive your car under any circumstances.