Gary Bell & Brad Pollock
Injury Attorneys

Negligent Entrustment & Liability following Car Crashes

Negligent Entrustment & Liability following Car Crashes

Can you be held liable for the acts of someone else driving your vehicle?  The short answer is: YES!

Ordinarily an owner of a motor vehicle is not liable for the driver’s negligence but, liability will be imposed for negligently entrusting the vehicle to an infant, mental incompetent, a known reckless individual or one who is intoxicated.

The Colorado Supreme Court confirmed the doctrine of negligent entrustment in the case of  Bolt v. Cowan, 829 P.2d (Colo. 1992), requiring three evidentiary elements to establish a claim; 1) a supplier permitting a third party to use a thing or engage in an activity; 2) which is under the control/right to control of the supplier; and 3) the supplier giving permission either knowing or having reason to know that the party intends or is likely to use a thing in such a manner as to create an unreasonable risk of harms to others.  In other words, if you allow someone to drive your vehicle and you have reason to know the driver may be a risk of harm to others you could be held liable.  In order to prevail on a claim for negligent entrustment it is necessary to produce evidence that the owner knew or had reason to know that the driver would likely use the vehicle in a manner involving unreasonable risk of physical harm to others.

For practical purposes, it is strongly suggested that prior to loaning a vehicle to another individual, the owner should exercise  extreme caution and diligence to assure the driver does not have some sort of predisposition to operate the loaned vehicle in a manner involving unreasonable risk of physical harm to others.  The failure of the owner to exercise reasonable care and caution prior to loaning the vehicle to another could result in the owner of the vehicle being held directly liable for the driver’s negligence due to the owner’s own negligent entrustment.  Other examples of risk may, depending on the circumstances, include: 1) entrusting a car to an inexperienced driver; 2) lending a car to a driver who has alcohol or drug problems; or 3) lending a car to a driver whose license is known by the owner to be revoked for reckless driving.

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Case Results


CASE: Client was injured by a drunk driver. As a result of the motor vehicle accident, client was rendered a quadriplegic and needed a life care plan.
Outcome: $9,600,000

CASE: Against Insurance company for failure to pay for property damage after a gas and fire explosion.
Outcome: $1,600,000

CASE: Medical malpractice for failure to diagnose a descending aorta aneurism, resulting in death.
Outcome: $1,300,000

CASE: Neck and back injuries from car accident. Client had ongoing symptoms and needed injections for attempted remediation of pain.
Settled for $485,000

CASE: Client was injured in a 2 vehicle collision. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, concussion and multiple injuries to the neck.
Outcome: $6,000,000

CASE: Client was in her car and was T-Boned by a commercial vehicle. Her cerebral spinal fluid leaked and she suffered a concussion and traumatic brain injury with neck and lumbar (low back) injuries. Her neck injury caused radiating pain, numbness and tingling in her arms.
Outcome: $3,400,000

CASE: Client was driving on a rural road when another car crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision in the snow and ice. Client did physical work for a living. Both knees were injured, along with a neck injury.
Outcome: $2,300,000

CASE: Client was driving on South Parker road when another vehicle rapidly changed lanes and rear-ended the client. That vehicle was cited for careless driving. The collision caused a concussion with traumatic brain Injury. Client missed time from work and had a positive correlation between brain scan and neuropsychological test results.
Outcome: $950,000

CASE: Client was rear ended by a dump truck, was then knocked forward and hit another vehicle. Client had a concussion with traumatic brain injury. Client underwent a brain scan which showed hypoperfusion, correlated with her concussion symptoms. Client suffered neck injuries and injuries to her low back.
Outcome: $650,000

CASE: Client was rear-ended. The mechanism of injury from the forces in the collision caused her neck injury and at the same time, damaged her organs inside her throat. Client had swallowing and choking issues.
Outcome: $1,250,000

CASE: Client was in a motor vehicle accident. Both injections in the neck rendered some temporary relief. The Injections were transforaminal epidural steroid injections. Surgery was recommended on the lumbar (low back). The low back was injured by the forces in the collisions.
Outcome: $933,000

CASE: The client was driving in her car and was rear-ended thereby causing injuries to her lower back and neck. Client also suffered a concussion. Client had to undergo facet injections multiple times, through multiple procedures. Client also had cognitive i