Los Angeles, CA asked in Car Accidents for California

Q: Can a minor give consent to another person to drive a car that she insured under but does not own? In CA.

My daughter did not stop an unlicensed driver from driving her car and he was involved in a accident. She was not in the car.

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William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Yes, she can. She doesn't have legal authority to enter binding legal contracts, but she can authorize use of a car that you delegated to her. Otherwise, the person who was driving would be guilty of theft, and could be prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to prison. That doesn't sound right, does it?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
Answered
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: It sounds right to me for the unlicensed person who took the car and drove so badly that he caused an accident to be called upon to answer for every civil or criminal wrong that he committed.

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