Can I lose my house?
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Hopefully, you have "proper" insurance. If not, your assets could be exposed.
Personal injury cases only; I'm good at it; you be the Judge! All information provided is for informational and educational purposes only. No attorney client relationship has been formed or should be inferred. Please speak with a local and qualified attorney. I truly wish you and those close to you all the best. Jeff
The owner of the vehicle typically is responsible under a "negligent entrustment" theory; that is, if you provided the keys to the driver or made them easily accessible. An argument may be made that one may be held liable for punitive damages (punishment damages) if one provided access to another who was unfit to drive.... Whether you will lose your house depends upon the extent of damages that were caused and whether your insurance will cover you, as well as whether the house is titled in your name. Be very careful.....
Do you have insurance? Do not let any unlicensed driver operate any vehicle you own. You are looking for trouble if you do. There is a separate cause of action for negligent entrustment and if you knowingly allowed an unlicensed and supposedly unqualified driver to operate your car, that would be a basis for a negligent entrustment lawsuit against you. Make sure you have insurance coverage sufficient to protect your income and assets and future assets. Any judgment against you can be in effect for many years.
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