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4 Situations When You May Be Responsible for Another Driver – Facts from an Austin Accident Lawyer

By Luke Dow on February 01, 2016

Establishing fault is the most important aspect of personal-injury claims. In Texas, the at-fault party in a car accident must pay for the damages that he or she causes. These include health-care bills, lost income and other damages sustained by the crash victims.

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However, proving fault is not always easy. Sometimes drivers deny liability; other times, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the at-fault party is not even the driver.

If you were injured by a negligent driver in Texas, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is an Austin car accident attorney who can identify the liable parties and help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation, or visit to learn more about car accident injury claims.

Here are four scenarios in which you may be liable for the actions of another driver:

  1. Giving Your Vehicle to Employees
According to Texas law, employers are responsible for drivers under their employ. If your employee causes an accident in your vehicle while performing work-related duties, then the victims can sue you for damages.

It is the employer’s responsibility to train drivers to industry standards, and only to hire those who are qualified for the job. Do not give your keys to an employee without checking his or her driving record.

  1. Allowing Others to Drive
Similar to the legal relationship between employer and employee, you may be liable for damages if another person causes an accident while driving your vehicle. You should never give your keys to anyone who you do not trust behind the wheel – even friends or family.
  1. Giving Keys to Children
All kids must learn to drive, but it may be safer to entrust a reputable driving school with this responsibility. If a child causes property or bodily damage to others while driving your car, the victims may sue you for damages.

When a parent allows a child to drive, he or she automatically takes responsibility for the child’s actions behind the wheel, as the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention explains. Entrusting a child driver is reckless and negligent under Texas law because parents have a legal responsibility to exercise control.

  1. Giving Unfit or Incompetent Drivers Your Keys
An incompetent or unfit driver is dangerous on the road. If you know that someone should not be driving, do not give him or her the keys.

This includes friends who plan on drinking and driving, those too sick or elderly to drive, and unlicensed drivers. If the court believes that you knowingly gave your keys to an unfit driver, you may even have to pay punitive damages on top of economic damages.

If you were injured in a car accident, the Luke Dow Law Firm may be able to help. Mr. Dow is an Austin accident lawyer who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.









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