A friend borrowed my car and got into an accident – now what?

People let their family and friends drive their vehicles frequently. But few think of the legal consequences should an accident happen and someone is seriously injured.

If you own a motor vehicle in Ontario and another person drives it with your consent, you are responsible for the consequences of their negligence. If they drive through a stop sign and hit another vehicle, someone injured in the other vehicle can sue both the driver and you (as owner) for their injuries. Or if someone borrows your car, gets drunk, and then runs over a pedestrian, the pedestrian can sue both the driver and you for their injuries.

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Troy Lehman joined Oatley Vigmond in 2006 and became a partner in 2010. As a personal injury lawyer, his greatest satisfaction comes from helping people through to the other side of a difficult time in their lives. “We’re here to help and relieve stress,” Troy says. “When I walk into a first meeting with a client, people are often scared and anxious. And for me, the best thing that can happen at the end of the meeting is that they say, ‘I feel so much better.’

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