Can I be sued if my brother-in-law is DUI and causes an injury or kills someone if he lives with me?

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Can I be sued if my brother-in-law is DUI and causes an injury or kills someone if he lives with me?

My brother-in-law drinks a lot as well as drives. I’m worried I can be held liable because he lives with us.

Asked on June 19, 2012 under Personal Injury, California

Answers:

Leigh Anne Timiney / Timiney Law Firm

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Obviously what your brother in law is doing is very dangerous.  You can not be held liable for his actions simply because he lives with you.  However, if he were to be involved in an accident while driving your vehicle or if you carry an insurance policy which insures him, you could have some liability.  


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