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Be careful to whom you lend your vehicle

Most drivers in Texas are quite fond of their vehicles and do their best to keep them in good condition. As such, it can be extremely upsetting if you lend your car to a friend or family member and they end up damaging it. Not only might you be left with the cost and hassle of repairing your vehicle, depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may even be held liable for other damages.

For example, if the individual who borrowed your car crashes into another person's vehicle, there is a chance that you may need to compensate that person for their injuries. This can be the case if you allow a minor from your household to use your car, even if they are not listed on the insurance policy for the vehicle. This particular piece of legislation is known as the Family Car Doctrine.

However, as this article on car crashes explains, there are various forms of vicarious liability. This can include hiring a driver for a company vehicle, knowingly allowing a bad driver to use your car or even being involved in the construction or manufacture of a poor quality road. Equally, if you have been involved in an accident that has been caused by someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation even if the vehicle owner was not driving at the time.

An attorney can advise you on your options and may be able to suggest the best course of action to take given your circumstances. With the right guidance, you can work toward acquiring the justice and remuneration you deserve, and alleviate the financial burden of the accident.

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