Wednesday, November 9, 2011
HOW MUCH IS MY BALTIMORE PERSONAL INJURY CASE WORTH? What is negligent entrustment?
Personal injury lawyers in Baltimore have used this theory to recover damages from the owner, as opposed to the driver, of a car that causes an accident. The owner of a car may be held responsible if they lend their car to another, and they have reason to believe that person will be "reckless" "incompetent" or "dangerous". [Maryland Civil Pattern Jury Instructions 18:5] Personal injury lawyers in Baltimore have successfully argued that allowing another to use a car is negligent where; the driver was inexperienced; the driver abused alcohol or drugs; the driver had a lot of tickets, or caused a lot of accidents; or was "uninsurable". [MPJI, supra].