If I was practicing for my road test with a licensed driver and we got into an accident, am I liable to pay for the damages?

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If I was practicing for my road test with a licensed driver and we got into an accident, am I liable to pay for the damages?

She feels as though I am obligated to pay for the damages due to her insurance not paying for her damages because she does not being a driver on her insurance.

Asked on June 15, 2014 under Accident Law, Alabama

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you were at fault in causing the damage--that is, it was your driving error, or you were driving negligently (unreasonably carelessly)--then yes: you would typically be liable for the damages you caused, and if you do not pay them voluntarily, could be sued. Liability, or the obligation to pay, generally follows fault in car accident cases.


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