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What are the consequences of allowing an unlicensed driver to drive your car?

What are the consequences of allowing an unlicensed driver to drive your car in the state of New York?

Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
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That depends on whether the driver gets caught and what the charges are.

Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 12/7/2011

The McDonnell Law Firm, PLLC
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A traffic infraction, not a crime.

Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 12/6/2011

Answer By John Carney
Law Offices of John Carney
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You will be charged with Facilitating the Unauthorized Operation of a Motor Vehicle or Facilitating Driving Without a License. That depends on whether they never had a license or it was suspended or revoked when you gave them the keys. You are also liable for anyone they kill or injure and can be charged as an accessory in the criminal charges as well as being civilly responsible for money damages. If they were drunk it is even worse.

Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 12/6/2011


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Your insurance will be cancelled and if he gets in an accident you will be liable. The insurance company may disclaim coverage.

Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 12/6/2011

Answer By Joel M. Lutwin

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1. your insurance company does not have to pay for any accident which occurs 2. you are also criminally liable since you knew the driver was unlicensed.

Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 12/6/2011


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If the driver gets into an accident while driving your vehicle, the insurance company can refuse to Pay due to the fact that you allowed an unlicensed driver to drive your vehicle. Thus you could become Personally liable for any and all damages connected with the accident. A very bad idea to do that.

Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 12/6/2011

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