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 is capable of safely operating the vehicle. Allowing someone who is noticeably incompetent to borrow and operate a vehicle may put both the driver and others on the road at risk of a dangerous collision. If an incompetent driver is given a vehicle by another person, the vehicle owner may be partially responsible for any injuries the driver causes as a result of his or her inability to 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 need to 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.