If I unknowingly let an unlicensed friend drive my car and he gets in a accident?

UPDATED: Jan 23, 2017

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Asked January 23, 2017

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If someone knowingly allows an unlicensed driver to driver their car and that person gets into an accident, the person who owns the car is the one who is going to be held liable for any damages or injuries caused in that accident. The key to this law is that the person loaning out their car has to know the other person doesn’t have a license and yet they still give the person permission to drive their car. That means they were aware the unlicensed driver would be breaking the law and driving a vehicle. Permission could be expressed, as in them actually voicing the fact that they are letting the other person drive their car or it could be implied, which means, for instance, they saw the person take their car keys and didn’t stop them from driving the car. Either way, they knew the person was going to drive and if they also knew that person didn’t have a valid driver’s license, then they will be held responsible for any accident that happens.

Answered January 27, 2017 by teddyx

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