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Yesterday, a case in Lancaster could have turned from a criminal case into a civil case as it could have ended in serious injuries or an accident. A Lancaster man was arrested on charges of bounding his elderly roommate with an extension cord and driving off with the man’s debit card, cellphone, and car. Though the man did not cause an accident, many incidents of stolen cars end in disaster, with catastrophic injuries as a police chase begins. But what happens when you were injured due to somebody in a stolen car and their negligence? You have rights to recover.

Permissive Use and More 

stolen carThere are laws and regulations regarding those who lend out their vehicle for others to use. If somebody lent their vehicle to another party and an accident occurred, both the driver and the owner would be liable for the injuries that resulted. This is known as permissive use, which is giving someone permission to use a vehicle.

However, permissive use does not apply in cases where the driver does not have permission to use the owner’s vehicle. If an accident occurs, it is still a theft of motor vehicle case, which means that if an accident occurs, it is only the fault of the person who stole the car. There are still some circumstances where an owner can still be liable, however. This happens in cases where somebody ran inside a store and left their vehicle running with the keys inside, because they should have reasonably known that somebody could steal the vehicle and cause harm. In these cases, a car owner is still liable for damages.

No matter what situation you were involved in, if you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, we will handle your case and help you get the results you deserve in your time of need. At Edelstein Martin & Nelson, we have what it takes to litigate your personal injury matters and help you receive compensation for your injuries that stemmed from the negligence of others. Call us today at 888-208-1810.

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