Despite the fact that being involved in a car accident is a consistent threat facing motorists in Stamford, you remain willing to take to the area’s streets in your vehicle anyway. This is likely due to you assuming that most take as much care in avoiding accidents as you do. Unfortunately, you cannot influence the negligent actions of others, and oftentimes those can result in your being caught up in a collision. If and when you subsequently learn that the person who hit you not only had a poor driving history, but that they were also driving another’s vehicle when the accident occurred, you may rightly question whether or not the owner of the automobile ought to share in the liability.
The answer to that question is yes, thanks to the legal principle of negligent entrustment. This states that vicarious liability can be assigned to the owners of potentially dangerous instruments (such as a vehicle) when they loan said instruments to people who subsequently cause damage with them. The aim of this legal doctrine is to add accountability to decisions made by vehicle owners as to who they entrust their cars to.
Yet the mere fact that the driver that hit you was using a borrowed car at the time may not be enough to apply negligent entrustment to your case. Rather, Connecticut state court rulings have established when and how this principle is applicable. It has been determined that a vehicle owner must have known (or ought to have reasonably known) that the person they were loaning their car true would (either through carelessness or inexperience) put others at risk.