Reporter Newspapers reports that a man dies in an off-road accident in Sandy Springs after police pursued him for allegedly stealing a vehicle. The driver crashed into a tree during the chase.
The officers saw the reported vehicle on northbound Georgia 400 and started a chase. The driver in the stolen vehicle got off at the Northridge Road exit at high speed where he lost control of the car, veered off-road, and struck a tree. Three other people in the car were also injured in the crash, but they are expected to survive. One went to the hospital.
What happens when someone illegally takes your car and damages it? Are you liable in this case? In most cases, the answer is no. For most states, the usual rule is that if you do not give permission to a person to use your car then you are not liable, and that person is a criminal.
However, the situation is different if you do give permission under the assumption that the person wouldn’t be reckless with your property. If they crash, that’s your fault.
It is also possible that you could be liable if you left the car in an easy-to-steal condition. For instance, if you leave the car running at the gas station while you go inside, and your car is stolen, then your negligence in protecting your property will come into play.
If your car is stolen and it gets damaged, speak with a personal injury attorney for advice. If you live in the Atlanta metro area, contact John Foy for a free consultation.