Vehicles are something that pretty much everyone in every household owns. A car, be it an SUV or a sleek and beautiful sedan, or even a second hand mini truck, everyone has a vehicle with which they can commute to wherever possible and at whichever time. There can be several instances, where the car or any vehicle is lent to another friend or a relative for use, because even if every household owns a vehicle, it might not be all that owns one. Cars are quite an investment and sometimes might not be financially viable for everyone to afford and have, hence lending from another person might become a need at any moment.
When a person is driving a vehicle, they do not know what might occur to them the very next instance. It may so happen that you are driving your friend’s or relative’s vehicle and you end up in a car accident the very next moment, and the crashing or accident may not even be your fault to a certain extent. This becomes an extremely stressful situation as a lot of times you will not understand who you will be liable to and answerable to and at what extent.
Getting involved in a car accident where the car is not your own property
When there is a situation where the car accident does not happen to be your own property, and if a crash has taken place, you immediately become liable to two people:
- The original owner of the car, i.e., the person who has lent the car to you, be it a friend, colleague or another family member.
- The other person who is involved in the accident, i.e., the person who got hit by the car or the person whose car was crashed into or the person who crashed into the car you was driving.
Such a situation will make you question your own insurance, and how a medical insurance can be brought into such a scenario and how you can prove that you were not specifically at fault. A huge sum could be lingering upon you who you might have to pay to the owner of the car as well as the other person involved in the accident, and both of these can cause an extreme amount of stress. The person who owns the car can instantly tell you about how you have violated certain policies, and can file a suit against you instantly.
A Car Accident Lawyer Could Save Your Situation
Huntington Beach Car Accident Lawyers know the several situations that are involved in such strenuous cases. A capable lawyer from the team will make you aware of the term of ‘permissive use’, wherein the person who has lent you the car is directly liable for any accidents that occur or take place where the other person who has lent it drives it. The presence of a capable lawyer will be able to provide you an insight on the technicalities that have to be taken care of and will be able to relieve you from any harrowing lawsuit.