Hit and run in my car, but I wasn't driving and don't know name of person driving, could I be held responsible?

Asked over 1 year ago - Sacramento, CA

There are witnesses that saw a different race man driving, I am a white female. I do not know the guys name who was driving my car, and the cops keep asking and I don't know what else to tell them. What can happen to me as registered owner. Can I be arrested because I am owner of car even though I was clearly not driving?

It was NOT theft, I allowed usage of car, But I don't know the name of person and cannot force him to give me info or come forward

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  1. Richard Andrew Harting

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    Answered . 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

  2. Albert Lee Crosner

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    Answered . I would suggest that you contact a criminal defense attorney in Sacramanto right away and discuss this matter very thoroughly with him/her.

    Mr. Crosner is licensed to practice law in California and has been practicing law in California since 1978. The... more
  3. James Michael Bergener

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    Answered . 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.

    The information provided here is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on... more

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