Auto Dealership Liability for Accidents Occurring During Test Drives: How to Protect Your Dealership
Prospective car buyers are no different than the drivers we encounter daily on the road: some are skilled, and some are not so skilled. Add to that the prospective buyer’s unfamiliarity with the vehicle they are test-driving, nervousness of having a salesperson in the passenger seat, and the distraction that comes with evaluating the car and not the road, and the potential for accidents often increases.
So, who is liable when that seemingly safe prospective buyer causes an accident with another driver? Common sense dictates that the buyer caused the accident and therefore they should be solely responsible for any resultant damages, right? Not necessarily. The answer to this question varies depending on the laws of the state in which the dealership operates.