What to Do After an Accident While Another Person Was Driving Your Vehicle
Did someone else get into an accident while driving your car? It may surprise you to know that you may be held liable for another person’s negligence or wrongdoing even if you were not in the vehicle at the time of the accident. It is important to discuss your case with an attorney to determine your rights after an accident, even if you were not the driver.
At Garcia Law, we provide experienced representation for individuals who have been involved in car accidents in Key West and throughout South Florida. Our personal injury lawyers will help you understand your rights and responsibilities after an accident, even if it was caused by another person. You may be held liable for the crash, so it is essential to act fast. Contact our office to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation after an accident.
Am I Responsible If Someone Else Causes an Accident in My Car?
Florida is a no-fault insurance state, meaning that in many cases if you or a family member is injured in an accident, your insurance will cover their injuries. Your insurance will also cover any injuries to a pedestrian or bicyclist who is struck by your vehicle. However, in some instances, the injuries exceed the no-fault limits. In these cases, an injured party may have the right to sue.
If the injuries in the accident are serious, you may be held liable even if you were not the one driving your car at the time. If you gave permission for the person to use your vehicle, you will most likely be held responsible for any resulting accident. If the vehicle was stolen or the person did not have permission to use your vehicle, liability is less likely,
What Is Considered Permission?
Florida recognizes both expressed and implied permission in these cases. This means that you may be held liable even if you did not explicitly tell the person that they may use your vehicle on that particular occasion. If you had allowed them to previously use your car for the same or similar purpose, it may be considered implied permission.
It is essential to discuss your case with an attorney to determine whether you have legal responsibility for the accident. An attorney can help you understand your rights. They will guide you through the process and help determine whether you will face a lawsuit based on the accident. While your no-fault insurance may provide compensation in a number of instances, if the injuries are serious, they may exceed the no-fault limits.
Contact Our Office to Learn More
Was someone injured in an accident caused by another person driving your vehicle? Contact our office to discuss your case directly with a member of our legal team. Our firm proudly serves clients throughout Key West, FL. We know the law and will not rest until you get the best possible outcome in your case. Get the legal help you need now. Learn more about what we can do for you and your family after an accident.