Legal Question in Civil Litigation in California

If I give someone (a 19 year old college student, not related to me) my car as a gift and register it in their name. It has been fully paid for by me and fully insured by them. If they get in an accident, is there any liability on my part?

I don't really know what area of law so I put general civil litigation, but it might be insurance. ?

Asked on 8/25/13, 11:21 am

3 Answers from Attorneys

Anthony Roach Law Office of Anthony A. Roach

There should not be any liability on your part based on the permissive user doctrine, if the car is registered in their name. There may be liability based on other facts, such as if you are employing that person, but those other facts are not clear from your post.

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Answered on 8/25/13, 11:26 am
Kelvin Green The Law Office of Kelvin Green

If it is a true gift with no conditions you should not be liable

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Answered on 8/25/13, 10:01 pm
Terry A. Nelson Nelson & Lawless

The driver and any registered owners are liable for damages caused by the driver.

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Answered on 8/26/13, 12:30 pm


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