Did you know that the owner of a vehicle is potentially liable for an accident involving a driver of that vehicle?
The basic principle is called negligent entrustment. If the owner knows or has reason to know any of the following, he/she can be liable:
Were there other reasons that the owner knew or should have known as to why the driver should not have been operating the vehicle at the time of the accident?
Owners beware. Any time a lawsuit is brought against the driver, the owner is typically named as well. Often, they will be dismissed from the lawsuit if the driver’s insurance company agrees to coverage.