Can I be sued if my wife has an accident while using an automobile that is in her name only?

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Can I be sued if my wife has an accident while using an automobile that is in her name only?

I’ve been told that putting a vehicle in her name would not protect me liability but I’ve also been advised to keep the vehicles in separate names and only drive the one we have title to.

Asked on May 24, 2013 under Accident Law, Florida

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MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The issue will be whether you are obligated to this person. Here is the deal. Your wife can and will probably be sued, along with your insurance company and you. This is because married couples enjoy liability together. With that being said, you will most likely be dropped as you were not the driver though the insurance is probably in both of your names. Unless this is a catastrophic accident, your insurance company will most likely settle this out prior to going to suit as long as it can help it.


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