Do I sue the driver or the owner regarding a car accident?
Question Details: I'm was hit by someone the other morning. Per the officer, she did not have a valid driver's license or insurance. Due to having no insurance, I am looking to file a small claims suit for the damages. She is not the registered owner of the vehicle, so I'd like to know if I pursue against the driver or the owner?
You sue both, to maximize your chance of recovering compensation. The driver is liable is she was at fault, or driving negligently or carelessly. The owner is liable if she let person use her car (i.e. the car was not stolen)--car owners are responsible for the acts of those whom they allow to use their vehicles. You file one lawsuit, for the total amount of money, and name both as defendants. Between them, if you win, they'll need to come up with the money.
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