Auto Accidents from Negligent Entrustment
Vehicle owners have a unique responsibility when it comes to loaning their vehicles to other drivers. If an automobile owner allows someone else to use his or her vehicle, that owner must be sure that the borrowing driver can safely operate the vehicle. Allowing someone noticeably incompetent to borrow and operate a vehicle may put the driver and others on the road at risk of a dangerous collision. If another person gives an incompetent driver a vehicle, the vehicle owner may be partially responsible for any injuries the driver causes due to his or her inability to drive safely. Negligent entrustment occurs when someone loans their car to someone who can’t drive safely.
If you or someone you love has sustained an injury in an automobile accident, we may be able to help you determine who is at fault for your accident as well as take action and fight for financial compensation. For more information about how our experienced advisors can serve you, contact a New York personal injury attorney of Hach & Rose, LLP today by calling (212) 779-0057.
What is Negligent Entrustment?
Vehicle owners must carefully judge the driving abilities of anyone asking to borrow their vehicles, even if it’s only a one-time occasion. The following types of drivers should not be allowed to borrow vehicles, potentially making the vehicle owners partially liable for any injuries that the unqualified drivers cause while on the road:
- Drivers who are underage or unlicensed
- Elderly drivers
- Drivers too ill to safely operate a vehicle
- Drivers with a history of reckless driving
- Intoxicated drivers
- Drivers without sufficient training or experience, specifically truck operators
If a person is injured because of the incompetency of one of these drivers, the individual who loaned the unsafe driver the vehicle may be partially responsible for covering the costs of the damages.
An injury from a motor vehicle accident may leave you and your household with substantial medical bills and other difficulties. However, compensation may be available through a personal injury lawsuit. To learn more about how these procedures work and how we can assist you with your lawsuit, contact a New York City car accident lawyer of Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 today.