What Should You Do After A Car Accident?

Car Accidents with Non-vehicle Owners

Many people drive vehicles that they do not own. When borrowing from a family member or an employer, these drivers may not be wholly liable for the consequences of an accident which they cause. This is because someone else entrusted the vehicle to that driver. Accordingly, it may be appropriate for an individual who is hurt in such an accident to pursue legal action against not only the driver, but the vehicle’s owner as well.

If you have been injured in a collision caused by a negligent or reckless motorist, you might wish to consider seeking financial compensation to address your medical bills and other damages associated with the crash. To learn more about your legal rights and options, contact Jacksonville car accident lawyer Donald Guthrie, P.A., by calling 904-296-1088.

When Are Drivers and Owners Responsible?

In some cases, a person can pursue legal action against both the driver and the owner of a vehicle. This depends on who was allowed behind the wheel by a vehicle’s owner. In the following situations, responsibility for an accident may be shared by the driver and the owner, or it may lie completely with the owner:

  • Teen drivers without a license or permit
  • Drunk drivers
  • Elderly drivers unfit to get behind the wheel
  • Drivers who are exceptionally ill
  • Drivers who suffer from health problems that could impede their driving ability
  • Drivers with an extensive past history of reckless driving
  • Employees driving a company vehicle

In these situations, a person pursuing legal action may want to consider filing against the owner instead of or in addition to the driver. A skilled and experienced attorney can help you to determine which course of action may be best suited to your case.

Contact Us

If your injuries were caused by a driver who should not have been behind the wheel, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for those injuries. For more information regarding these options, contact Jacksonville auto accident attorney Donald Guthrie, P.A., at 904-296-1088 today.

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