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Am I liable if I loan my car to friends and my friend kills someone in a car accident?

Am I liable if I loan my car to friends and my friend kills someone in a car accident?

A: Most likely yes. Florida’s dangerous instrumentality doctrine says just that. You, as the owner of a motor vehicle, car, motorcycle, even golf cart, are liable for injuries caused by the negligence of someone you allowed to drive your vehicle.

As of this writing, the question was in Florida’s courts of whether all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) qualified under the dangerous instrumentality doctrine. It is my guess that ATVs will be considered dangerous instrumentalities, but we will have to wait and see what the courts hold.

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