We had our vehicle towed to a automotive repair shop because it wouldn't start. The problem with our vehicle was dead batteries. During the time the auto repair had our vehicle one of the employees test drove it and got into an accident. We did what a reasonable person would do (we towed it to the shop and relied on their expertise). We had no prior knowledge that our vehicle would even be test driven. We were named on a summons as one of three defendants (owner of the business, employee and us).
Yes, you have limited liability. It was your car. You can cross claim against the shop however. This will all be handled by the defense attorney assigned by your insurance company. Just tender the claim to your insurance company and demand a defense, and then follow the advice of the attorney.
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As long as you have auto insurance on the vehicle, you need to advise them of this. Part of your coverage includes defense of any claims brought against you in connection with the car. They will work it out for you.
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