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What Happens if a Friend or Someone Else Crashes Your Car?

Car Accidents / December 20, 2023

When you hand over the keys to your car to a friend or acquaintance, you’re entrusting them with more than just a vehicle; you’re potentially sharing a range of legal implications should an accident occur. If they crash your car, you have the right to pursue legal action to recover damages and losses. However, this decision can profoundly impact your relationship, balancing the scales between personal ties and the pursuit of justice.

At Hollis Law Firm, we understand that car accidents can be legally complex, especially when they involve someone else’s negligence with your property. If your vehicle is damaged due to someone else’s actions, knowing your rights and options is crucial. We are here to guide you through these often-confounding legal pathways, ensuring you are well informed and prepared to make decisions that best serve your interests​​.

Who Is Liable When Someone Else Crashes Your Car?

In many car accidents, fault can be challenging to discern. So, when another individual borrows your vehicle, there may be further complexity and unease because more parties are involved. 

However, it’s essential to remember that individuals who lend their vehicles to others have the appropriate insurance coverage. Some insurance policies allow you to add parties to your insurance for an extended period. Specific policies allow for more flexibility, allowing you to share your vehicle with those not included in your policy by name. If your insurance does not allow you to share your car with the person who borrows it, there may be additional charges you will have to pay out of pocket.

Outside of issues with insurance policies, any of the following parties might be liable for a car accident involving a borrowed car:

  • Another driver
  • Passengers or pedestrians
  • The friend borrowing your car
  • Designers or manufacturers of parts, vehicles, and other equipment
  • Owners or renters of the property
  • Employees or employers of the premises
  • City or state government
  • Other officials responsible for the safety and maintenance of the area
  • Others present at the location

For more information about how the law applies to your claim, including whether your insurance policy will impact the outcome, we encourage you to contact us. A lawyer from Hollis Law Firm can support you in many ways throughout the legal process, including collecting and analyzing evidence, assessing potentially liable parties, and arguing in your favor.

How Can a Lawyer Help When Someone Else Crashes Your Car?

We strongly recommend you work with a lawyer for support when you’re involved in legal matters. An attorney from Hollis Law Firm can help ensure you are represented fairly, reduce stress, and help you move forward. Especially if someone receives severe injuries due to the incident, working with a qualified attorney can make a significant positive difference.

If your friend has borrowed your car and gotten into a crash, we may be able to assist you in the following ways:

  • Lend legal knowledge and resources
  • Negotiate with legal personnel
  • Communicate with insurance companies
  • Level the playing field against other legal representatives
  • Speak on your behalf
  • Collect and assess evidence
  • Join or lead investigations  
  • Connect you with other legal specialists
  • Refer you to helpful medical personnel
  • Estimate the value of your claim
  • Determine who is liable
  • Hold the responsible parties accountable
  • Demonstrate liability

We encourage you to refrain from representing yourself, as this can quickly reduce the compensation you can obtain. Instead, retain support from a lawyer at Hollis Law Firm. We can help you reduce litigation time, work on a contingency fee basis, increase compensation, and support you in several other ways.  

Gain Fair Compensation and Understand Your Rights: Obtain Support From Hollis Law Firm

Navigating the aftermath of a car accident involving someone else driving your vehicle can be challenging and emotionally taxing. At Hollis Law Firm, we recognize the intricacies of such situations and are committed to providing clear, compassionate legal guidance. Whether dealing with insurance complexities or identifying the liable parties, our experienced team is ready to assist you every step of the way. 

Remember, you have rights and options; we are here to ensure they are fully explored and respected. Our lawyer is adept at handling the unique challenges of cases where a friend or someone else crashes your car. We will work diligently to protect your interests, manage the legal complexities, and strive for the best possible outcome. For personalized assistance and to learn more about how we can support you, call us at (800) 701-3672 or complete our contact form.