I have a lien on someone's automobile. If that individual gets into an auto accident that is his fault and gets sued, could I in any way as the lien holder on the vehicle become liable for damages that occurred in the accident?
Generally, no. But you need to speak with an attorney in your jurisdiction, California. Each state treats the law of auto liability differently.
Usually the registered owner and driver have liability (depending on the state and circumstances, one will be primarily liable and the other secondary). Usually a lienholder is not liable, but you should check with a lawyer and find out if you are an additional insured on any insurance policies covering the car or driver.
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Car / Auto Accident Lawyer
I am unaware of any instance where a lien holder can be responsible for liability solely due to an economic interest.
Probably not, since you are not the owner of the vehicle and just maintain a lien on it. Contact a local lawyer to discuss with them. Good luck.
Animal Attack and Dog Bite Attorney
Probably not. You would have to either be the registered owner or the driver to be liable.
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