What Happens if Someone Driving My Car Has Been Arrested for a DUI?
In Philadelphia, a DUI is a very serious offense. First of all, it is not merely a significant traffic violation as it is across the bridge in New Jersey. DUI is a crime. However, if you are not the driver of the vehicle arrested for DUI, you are unlikely to face any legal consequences.
The only way you would be held legally responsible is if you had knowledge as to the person's intoxicated state when you leant them the vehicle. At that point you could be charged with reckless endangerment or face civil charges due to your negligence. However, if the individual took your vehicle without your permission, they would face additional charges and you would be free of any potential blame.
Your main concerns regarding how a person driving your vehicle being arrested for a DUI would affect you would be financial. You are going to need to pay to get the car out of impound. While an annoyance, this is a relatively minimal problem given the overall gravity of the situation and the consequences facing the drunk driver. Just pay to get your car out as soon as possible as costs increase the longer you leave the vehicle with an impound yard. Other possible costs would be in the event the driver was in an accident. Even though you weren't the driver, if your insurance company paid out any money because of the accident, your insurance premiums would certainly increase. Obviously no one plans on having to pay impound costs, their insurance premiums increase or being potentially sued when they loan their vehicle to another person. These are all very unfortunate possibilities when you loan your vehicles to someone who is arrested for a DUI, so please exercise discretion when loaning a friend your car. However, so long as you didn't loan your vehicle to a person you knew was intoxicated, you will not face any more seriousconsequences. If you have any additional DUI-related concerns, please visit www.gproslaw.com or call us at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C.
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