Car Accident:

Negligent Entrustment

Under negligent entrustment laws, individuals may be responsible for accidents and the subsequent auto accident damages caused by any person using their vehicle with permission, even if that permission was only implied. Many states allow both the driver and owner of a vehicle to be sued for a car accident. This is also called vicarious liability. Even though the owner or owners were not present, they may be liable because they are responsible to ensure that their car is not used in a negligent manner. In a similar vein, employers may be held liable for auto accidents involving their employees driving company vehicles, provided the accident took place during the course of regular employment and was not the result of the employee abusing his or her right to the vehicle.