What happens when you let someone else drive your car?
If you allow someone else to borrow your car, it's still covered by your insurance policy. Insurers call this "permissive use." This is true even when the driver carries their own insurance. However, both your insurance policy and the driver's insurance may apply in the event of an accident. Whose insurance pays out, and in what amount, will vary based on the language of both policies and the details of the accident.
Can I borrow someone's car without insurance?
Uninsured drivers may be covered if they're borrowing an insured car with permission from the owner. The vehicle owner's insurance can cover damages based on the policy's coverages and limits. If the policy doesn't cover some of the damage or the damage exceeds policy limits, the driver could be held personally liable to cover any additional damages related to the accident.
If someone borrows my car and gets in an accident, am I liable?
In most cases, your insurance can cover the accident, but depending on your policy limits and the details of the accident, the driver's insurance policy may cover all or part of the claim. There are certain situations where your insurance policy may not cover an accident after someone borrows your car and gets into an accident, including:
- The driver borrows your car without permission: This is known as "non-permissive use." In this case, the driver's insurance may be responsible for covering the costs of damages resulting from an accident. If the driver is uninsured, they may be personally liable for the costs.
- Another driver causes the accident: If the driver of your car isn't found at fault for the accident, the at-fault driver's insurance would be responsible for the damages.
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