Responsibility For Others Actions
According to the legal theory of imputed negligence, one may be held responsible for someone else’s negligence. For example, if an employee were to cause injury due to negligent driving, his or her employer may be held responsible if the employee was working on the employer’s clock at the time of the accident. Similarly, in a few limited circumstances, the owner of an automobile may be held responsible for the negligence of a driver who received the car owner’s permission, implied or expressed, to drive his or her car. Thus, those injured due to someone else’s negligence should not dismiss out of hand the possibility of bringing suit simply because the wrongdoer does not seem to have the means to pay damages.
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