Can I be held liable for someone else's use of my car if I let them use it?
Question Details: I am giving my old car to my aunt. She is planning on moving out of state before its registration is up for renewal. I already have it insured in her name now. To save money, I figured would simply wait to sign the title over until she moves and can get it retitled in her new state. My mom told me that I could still be held liable for any accidents/damages in the old car until I actually sell sign it over. Now I'm worried. Am I truly exposing myself to potential unforeseen liabilities from her use of the car by not assigning ownership right away?
Yes, your mother is correct. A vehicle's owner is responsible for any injuries caused or damage done by someone whom he or she permits to use his or her vehicle, if that driver was at fault (e.g. driving negligently or carelessly) in causing an accident.
The registered owner of a vehicle is liable for any injuries (or property damage) caused by someone who they allow to drive it. Bottom line, your mother is right (and they usually are).