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A person should not allow their vehicle to be driven by someone who is not authorized to drive or does not have a license for the type of class of vehicle to be driven. Someone who violates this law may be jointly held responsible for any damages caused by the driver’s negligence of driving the vehicle.
Negligence also includes permitting others to use something or engage in an activity that is under control of another when they know that person intends or is likely going to create an unreasonable risk to others. To establish negligent entrustment, a plaintiff must show express or implied entrustment.
If you find yourself trying to decide who will be held responsible for such damages in a personal injury case it is important to speak with an experienced attorney today. Whether you are the owner of a vehicle involved in the accident, the driver, or a victim you need to know about Pennsylvania’s Negligence Entrustment law that allows injured individuals to file for certain lawsuits against an owner of a vehicle.
The attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices have many years of experience representing clients who were injured by someone who improperly loaned their vehicle to a third party who was incompetent or unfit to drive the vehicle. Call Ciccarelli Law Offices at (610) 719-3190 today to find out more about your legal options.
For someone to file for damages under the Negligence Entrustment law, the plaintiff must claim that they were harmed because the defendant negligently permitted a driver to use the defendant’s vehicle. To establish this claim, the plaintiff must prove all of the following:
A driver's incompetence or recklessness is determined at the time of the entrustment on a case by case basis. If the owner of the vehicle had knowledge of the person's driving record at the time of the entrustment, such as the person's involvement in at-fault accidents or traffic citations, such evidence may be allowed in court.
Evidence of a driver's condition, state and the situation at the time of the entrustment may include the driver’s levels of intoxication, probability for recklessness and incompetence by the driver's physical or mental incapacitation or any other evidence that shows the driver's lack of judgment or perception to drive a vehicle safely is lacking.
Pennsylvania law provides for the following types of negligent entrustment claims:
If you have been involved in an accident where the driver of a car negligently caused the injury of a third party, contact Ciccarelli Law Offices at (610) 719-3190.
Lawyers have experience representing clients throughout West Chester, Radnor, Plymouth Square, and Malvern, Philadelphia. Let us put our experience to work for you. Call (610) 719-3190 to discuss your legal options.
This article was last updated on January 4, 2017.
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