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What Happens if Someone Gets in an Accident in My Car?

upset business man after an accident | What Happens if Someone Gets in an Accident in My CarAt some point in your life you may find yourself asking: “What happens if someone gets in an accident in my car?” When that it happens, it may surprise you to learn that you might still be the responsible party. In legal terms, this is called ‘vicarious liability’, and after such an accident, it is important to speak to an experienced Northern Colorado car accident attorney immediately to protect yourself and ensure that you do not get stuck paying for damages unnecessarily.

By definition, vicarious liability is when someone is held responsible for the actions of another person or entity. It is a secondary liability often applied to employers when their employees are involved in an accident or cause harm. However, it can also be applied to personal car accidents, medical malpractice, and other injury claims.

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Examples of Vicarious Liability

  • Known Bad Driver – if you lend your car to someone who you know is an unsafe driver, then you could be held responsible for their actions behind the wheel. If you know that your friend or loved one is intoxicated at the time, if they have a history of drunk driving, or if they have a well documented history of reckless driving, you may want to seriously re-consider handing over your keys. In addition, under the Family Car Doctrine, parents are held liable for accidents that their minors are involved in. Even if your teenager isn’t listed on your policy, you could still be held responsible.  
  • Driving a Company Car – if your employee was driving a company car at the time of the accident and it was during the course of their employment, then you and your company could be held liable for the damages. Vicarious liability may not apply if your employee was performing personal duties or errands at the time of the accident. An experienced attorney will need to review your case closely to see if you are indeed liable for the accident.
  • Constructing or Designing Poor Roads – governments have a responsibility to ensure that their roads are safe and designed properly. If a road was constructed poorly or designed with flaws, the state departments, along with any negligent contractors or engineers, could be responsible for the accidents that occurred.
  • Manufacturing Defective Car – manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that their cars and their auto parts are safe. When a car part or a car is manufactured with defects, the manufacturer may be held responsible for the accidents and the damages that occurred and you may be eligible to file a product liability claim.

Contact Our Northern Colorado Car Accident Attorneys Today

Personal injury lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. serving the Louisville area Car accidents can be more complex than many people realize. In many situations, there may be multiple parties to blame for the accident. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in Broomfield, Northglenn, Westminster, Thornton, or anywhere in Colorado, it is important to contact our experienced car accident attorneys immediately. At Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., our committed personal injury lawyers are dedicated to the belief that everyone deserves justice. Contact us at (303) 423-1770 or (866) 385-3505.

Our car accident lawyers have extensive experience representing injured accident victims in Louisville, Broomfield, Arvada, Superior, Lafayette, Erie, Brighton, Commerce City, Northglenn, Westminster, Thornton, Longmont, and throughout Colorado.



At Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., we are honored to help accident victims in their time of need, and take our responsibility as personal injury lawyers incredibly seriously. We know how important it is for victims to secure the full and fair compensation they need following a serious accident, and that is why we take a hands-on, personalized approach to every case we handle.

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