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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.

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Christopher M. Davis is principal attorney and founder of Davis Law Group, P.S. in Seattle, WA.