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Owners and drivers

A person who owns a car may lend it to friends or family members. Many people a​lso drive for work. If you are in an accident with another driver, you should ask the other driver:

  • their name and address
  • whether they are the owner of the car
  • the name and address of the owner of the car.

Agency and vicarious liability

If the accident is not your fault, you may be able to make a claim against the driver and the owner of the car. A person who is not the owner of a car but is driving the car at the time of the accident, may be an 'agent' of the owner (who is called the 'principal').

A driver may be an agent of the owner of a car if:

  • the owner asked the driver to do something for the owner, so that the car is being used for the owner's purpose
  • the owner has some control over how the driver uses the car in performing the owner's request.

A principal may be responsible for the actions of their agent. This is called 'vicarious liability'.​​

Case study iconCase study - Vera and Steve

Vera asked Steve, her son, to drive her car to the post office and pick up some parcels. On the way there, Steve was involved in an accident when he failed to brake in time and hit the back of Gareth's car. Gareth decides to make a claim against Steve, as the driver and against Vera, as the owner. ​​

In this case, Steve is an agent of Vera and Vera may be responsible for Steve's actions, even though Vera wasn't there.

Alert Icon You should get legal advice if:

  • you are involved in an accident where the driver is not the owner of the car, and you want to start a court case to recover​ cost of repairs to your vehicle
  • you were driving someone else's car and you caused an accident, as you may not be responsible for paying for the damage to the other car
  • you lent your car to someone who then caused an accident, as you may be responsible for paying for the damage to the other car.
For further information, see Who is responsible? - Frequently Asked Questions.
Exiting car after accident in parking lot