Asked in Car Accidents for Tennessee

Q: Is there anything I can do to get out of accident liability because new owner didn't register the vehicle I sold them.

Sold a friend a vehicle, he supposedly register it but some how only got temp plate, no insurance and got in accident, turns out vehicle still is register to me. Now the other insurance seeking liability from me since its still under my name. Friend stated he title it but never receive new title. DMV stated they don't take title only make copy if doing temp tag. Have nothing to proof that I sold the vehicle before the accident. Other insurance seeking liability and DL suspension on both parties. Is there any thing that can be done to get out of the situation.

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Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
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  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Whatever proof you have of selling the vehicle needs to be put together now. You might have a witness or a bank deposit. You will have to defend yourself and it will not be easy. The alleged negligence of your purchaser is also an issue, as well as that of the plaintiff. Comparative Negligence may be a large factor here.

Tim Akpinar agrees with this answer

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Yes. If you sold the vehicle and have proof- ie a bill of sale or a signed over title and perhaps a check showing where you were paid- you should be able to furnish to the insurer to show that you were not the owner. Some states in order to transfer ownership require registration in order to have no liability. Tennessee is not one of those states. If you continue to be pushed on this you should contact an attorney. I had not read the response from Mr. Avery when I started this- but I agree with his comments.

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