Assuming this is a permissive use situation versus a theft- you are liable for bodily injury of $15,000 per person and $30,000 per accident and $5,000 property damage. If they can show negligent entrustment you are on the hook for the full damages. Quite frankly not knowing who was driving your car makes no sense - you gave permission to someone
I would suggest that you contact a criminal defense attorney in Sacramanto right away and discuss this matter very thoroughly with him/her.
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If it was permissive use, you would probably still be liable; but im confused... how did you knowingly give authorization to use your vehicle to someone without being aware of who it was? I would contact a defense attorney right away to help you get some clarity in this situation.
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