ACCIDENT DRIVING BORROWED CAR – MINNESOTA ATTORNEYS
The law in Minnesota is specific about each driver’s duties after an auto accident, whether driving their own car or a borrowed vehicle. However, our MN auto accident lawyers have noted many times that people seem to be aware of some of these laws more than others. We want you to know the laws before you are involved in a car accident in MN, so you fulfill your duties and responsibities, and know your rights. If you have any questions about these MN car accident laws, call a lawyer at our office for a free consultation.
One of the laws that people seem to be surprised by is that the vehicle owner is responsible for any damage or injury that is caused by his car, even if the owner is not driving the car at the time, e.g. loaned the car to a friend. In other words, if you loan your automobile to a friend and the friend causes a vehicle crash, you as car owner are still responsible even though you were not driving the vehicle. The law is referred to as the Vehicle Safety Responsibility Act. Our car accident injury attorneys have handled many MN crash cases against a car owner where the driver had borrowed the car. That is the law in Minnesota.
If you are injured in an accident while driving someone else’s car, you may be entitled to auto insurance coverage that’s on the car you borrowed. Insurance coverage for a borrowed car is something our MN auto accident attorneys will explain to you in more detail when you call our office.
Here is the law regarding the owner’s responsibility and some of the surrounding sections:
Subdivision 1.Driver to stop for accident with individual.
The driver of any motor vehicle involved in an accident resulting in immediately demonstrable bodily injury to or death of any individual shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident, or as close to the scene as possible but shall then return to and in every event shall remain at the scene of the accident, until the driver has fulfilled the requirements of this section as to the giving of information. The stop must be made without unnecessarily obstructing traffic.
Subd. 2.Driver to stop for accident to property.
The driver of any motor vehicle involved in an accident to a vehicle driven or attended by any individual shall immediately stop the motor vehicle at the scene of the accident, or as close to the accident as possible but shall forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene of the accident, until the driver has fulfilled the requirements of this section as to the giving of information. The stop must be made without unnecessarily obstructing traffic.
Subd. 3.Driver to give information.
(a) The driver of any motor vehicle involved in an accident resulting in bodily injury to or death of any individual, or damage to any vehicle driven or attended by any individual, shall stop and give the driver’s name, address, and date of birth and the registration plate number of the vehicle being driven. The driver shall, upon request and if available, exhibit the driver’s license or permit to drive to the individual struck or the driver or occupant of or individual attending any vehicle collided with. The driver also shall give the information and upon request exhibit the license or permit to any peace officer at the scene of the accident or who is investigating the accident. The driver shall render reasonable assistance to any individual injured in the accident.
(b) If not given at the scene of the accident, the driver, within 72 hours after the accident, shall give, on request to any individual involved in the accident or to a peace officer investigating the accident, the name and address of the insurer providing vehicle liability insurance coverage, and the local insurance agent for the insurer.
Subd. 4.Collision with unattended vehicle.
The driver of any motor vehicle that collides with and damages any vehicle that is unattended shall immediately stop and either locate and notify the driver or owner of the vehicle of the name and address of the driver and registered owner of the vehicle striking the unattended vehicle, shall report this same information to a peace officer, or shall leave in a conspicuous place in or secured to the vehicle struck, a written notice giving the name and address of the driver and of the registered owner of the vehicle doing the striking.
Subd. 5.Notify owner of damaged property.
The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting only in damage to fixtures legally upon or adjacent to a highway shall take reasonable steps to locate and notify the owner or person in charge of the property of that fact, of the driver’s name and address, and of the registration plate number of the vehicle being driven and shall, upon request and if available, exhibit the driver’s license, and make report of the accident in every case. The report must be made in the same manner as a report made pursuant to subdivision 7.
Subd. 5a.Driver deemed agent of owner.
Whenever any motor vehicle shall be operated within this state, by any person other than the owner, with the consent of the owner, express or implied, the operator thereof shall in case of accident, be deemed the agent of the owner of such motor vehicle in the operation thereof.
Subd. 6.Notice of personal injury.
The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in bodily injury to or death of any individual shall, after compliance with this section and by the quickest means of communication, give notice of the accident to the local police department if the accident occurs within a municipality, to a State Patrol officer if the accident occurs on a trunk highway, or to the office of the sheriff of the county.
If you have been injured in an auto accident in MN while driving a borrowed car, you should talk to our lawyers as soon as possible so that we can investigate your case and advise you of your rights. Investigation is often crucial in a car accident case, and especially when a truck is involved or the car accident happens at an intersection. We are personal injury lawyers representing injury victims of car accident cases throughout Minnesota. Our attorneys have handled hundreds of car crash injury cases over the last 25 years, including truck accidents , drunk driver crashes, and work related auto accidents resulting in serious injury including brain injuries. A top car accident attorney will provide you with a free initial consultation, and we never charge anything unless you receive compensation for your injuries.
Pam Rochlin is one of Minnesota’s few women personal injury Super Lawyers, and she was formerly a partner at Meshbesher and Spence. We provide big firm experience with small firm attention. You can discuss your case with a top car accident attorney at our office in Edina, Minneapolis, Woodbury, and St. Louis Park. One of our MN auto accident lawyers will also come to your home to discuss your case in many surrounding cities including Burnsville MN, Richfield, Apple Valley, Maple Grove, Anoka, Brooklyn Center, St. Paul, Forest Lake, Chanhassen, Maple Grove, and other cities throughout Minnesota. Our Minnesota injury lawyers handle all kinds of car accident cases including accidents at intersections, rear end accidents, running a red light or stop sign, skidding on ice, etc. We have helped many people who were in a car accident while driving another person’s car. You can contact us by phone or email using the contact information on the web site.