What is the 'Family Car Doctrine'?

In Washington, a family member (e.g., parent) may be responsible for the at-fault party’s actions in a fatal car accident case if the vehicle operated by the at-fault person was owned and/or maintained by that family member. This situation most commonly arises when the at-fault driver is a young adult and the vehicle has been purchased and/or is maintained by the parent.

Chris Davis
Attorney Chris Davis is the founder of Seattle-based Davis Law Group, P.S.