DUTY OF CARE – OWNER OF VEHICLE

The law states that every owner of a motor vehicle has a duty, before and at the time of any occurrence, to use exercise ordinary care in the maintenance and upkeep of his vehicle. What that means is that every owner of a vehicle has the duty to be free from negligence.

This duty imposes a legal obligation upon every owner of a vehicle as far as the repair and working order of the vehicle. When an owner does something to violate this legal duty, the owner is said to be “negligent”.

For example, owners must make sure the tires on the vehicle are not bald or worn so that there is not a sudden blowout, or the vehicle cannot properly stop in time. Other aspects of the vehicle that are the responsibility of the owner are: cracked windshields, worn windshield wipers, steering problems, headlights or taillights not working, turn signals out, mechanical problems that cause the vehicle to stall that could have been prevented with routine maintenance and upkeep.

Any of these vehicle problems can result in a vehicle owner, as well as the driver, being responsible for fair compensation for your injuries.

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