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What is Negligent Entrustment?

Car, truck, and motorcycle owners have a variety of responsibilities, including only lending their vehicles to qualified drivers. If an automobile owner does allow a person who is notably unfit to drive to borrow his or her vehicle, that owner may be held at least partially liable for entrusting the vehicle to the unsafe driver should the borrower cause an accident.

If you or someone you love has sustained an injury because of an incompetent driver, there may be legal options available to pursue compensation from all parties responsible. For more information regarding your rights and options after an injury on the road, contact a Denver accident lawyer from Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., today at (303) 423-1770.

When Is Lending a Vehicle Considered Negligent?

When drivers are considered a legitimate liability on the road, vehicle owners have a legal responsibility to prevent these individuals from using their vehicles. In general, the following people are so unfit to drive that vehicle owners can be considered negligent for allowing them to use their automobiles:

  • Drivers with a history of reckless driving
  • Drunk drivers
  • Elderly drivers who cannot safely operate a vehicle any more
  • Drivers who are so ill that they can’t focus on the road
  • Drivers without a valid license
  • Inexperienced or untrained drivers, especially in terms of truck drivers

In these cases, an owner may be found liable for negligent entrustment. This form of negligence allows an injured person to pursue compensation for the portion of the accident that vehicle owner caused.

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If your injuries were caused by a motorist who shouldn’t have been allowed behind the wheel, you may be eligible to file for financial compensation for your injuries against the liable vehicle owner. To learn more about how we may be able to help you prepare an injury claim, contact a Denver injury attorney from Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., by calling (303) 423-1770 today.

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