Are There Parties Other Than The At-Fault Party Who I Can Bring A Maryland Personal Injury Claim Against?
Individuals Other Than The Driver May Be Responsible for A Maryland Car Accident
There certainly can be. In Maryland, there's a presumption that the owner of a vehicle is responsible for the conduct of the driver. It's generally pretty easy to dispel that presumption. The owner only has to say that they simply gave permission to that other person to drive the car, and they're generally no longer responsible. Perhaps the classic situation where another person can be responsible for the conduct of the driver is in the situation of an employer. An employer that owns a vehicle and the employee is driving. The law calls that respondeat superior or vicarious liability, but the idea here is that an employer is responsible for the negligent conduct of his or her employee, so long as they're operating in the scope and course of their employment. If that act of negligence is causing an automobile accident, then yes, the employer can be responsible for that conduct.