Three Accidents Where Someone Besides the Driver Upholds LiabilityMississippi Legal News
Many drivers face both similar and incredibly different accidents within their lifetimes. For example, rear-end collisions (or “fender benders”) account for around a third of car accidents every year. But despite how many drivers experience them, they can still vary differently. One accident might cause a minor dent in one person’s car, but another person’s engine could be completely wrecked.
Nevertheless, every person’s accident varies in some way or another. Most accidents may fault the drivers of the vehicle, but some car accidents may not be the driver’s fault. Different cases will hold different people or entities accountable based on the situation. These different circumstances may place the fault, not on a driver, but another related person. By knowing who else might be accountable for an accident, you can be proven innocent or guilty in an accident.
Automobiles with Incompetent Drivers
From a broad definition, an incompetent driver would be anyone incapable of completing a task properly. Nevertheless, we sometimes simplify incompetence as a person failing to complete a task. By this logic, a person who chooses to ignore a stop sign is incompetent. Except they are not. A person who ignores or avoids these responsibilities would instead be a “negligent” driver.
An incompetent driver would be an individual who, physically or mentally, cannot drive properly. For example, a person with impaired motor skills would be incapable of steering a car’s wheel. Another incompetent driver might have a mental disability that slows their reasoning or decision making. A blind person would also be an incompetent driver, unable to see the road in front of them.
Therefore, if a legally incompetent driver becomes involved in an accident, they would not be charged. Instead, the vehicle owner would uphold liability for allowing an incompetent driver to operate their vehicle. However, there must be proof that the owner knows the driver was incompetent and knowingly lent their car.
Children Behind the Wheel
It should go without saying that letting a child drive a 2,000-pound automobile would be reckless and ill-advised. Nevertheless, some irresponsible parents do allow their child to drive a car, sometimes intentionally. This might be for learning experiences or even letting a child have fun. However, some parents may have children drive to handle their own responsibilities, such as being a designated driver.
Regardless of the reasons, when a child causes an accident, the parent upholds liability. As the child’s legal guardian, they must be making responsible decisions. If parents fail to provide guidance or push children into situations unprepared, they need to be held accountable.
Employers Upholding Responsibility
Just how a child or incompetent driver lacks liability in an accident, so might a working employee. In these situations, an employee might drive a vehicle privately owned by an employer for work purposes. For example, an employer may supply a vehicle used for transporting supplies or advertisement purposes.
Due to this, the vehicle is privately owned by the employer, not the employee operating it. If the employee is involved in an accident, they receive partial coverage from their employer instead. Nevertheless, this varies with specific scenarios, and the driver may still hold some liability. For these many reasons, you should always research into the details of what the people are involved in your accidents.
If you or a loved one have been injured or lost an important family member due to an automobile accident, reach out to Germany Law Firm, PLLC today. Located in Jackson, Mississippi, we can provide experienced Mississippi lawyers and attorneys who can seek your legal compensation in accidents. Whether you are dealing with compensation in injuries or wrongful death of others in a Mississippi car accident, we can help. Give us a call at our central office at 601-487-0555 to schedule an appointment and free case evaluation.