If I hit a rental carbut there was an unauthorized driver driving the car, am I still responsible?

UPDATED: Jan 2, 2012

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If I hit a rental carbut there was an unauthorized driver driving the car, am I still responsible?

I hit a rental car. The woman who rented the car was in the car but wasn’t driving. The guy driving the rental wasn’t on her agreement to drive it. How much will this cost me? Am I responsible for the whole thing?

Asked on January 2, 2012 under Accident Law, Ohio


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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

If you caused the accident where the rental car was damaged, it makes no difference under the law from a liability and damage standpoint that a person who was not on the contract to drive the car you hit was driving it.

From what you have written, you would seem to be responsible for all the damages to repair the vehicles and the loss of rental time. Hopefully you have insurance to cover the costs of repairs and other damages. I have no idea what the costs of repairs are. I would need to have a body shop come up with a cost of repair.

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