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You will have to prove that the owner was negligent in entrusting the person who drove the car. You will have to present evidence that the owner: 1) knew the driver and knew he was a habitually careless driver, or was on drugs or alcohol, and who was likely to cause damage by driving his car.
The damage to your yard doesn't count for that. You will have to prove other incidents involving that same individual. If you can't do that, you don't have a very good chance of winning your case.
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The owner of the vehicle has past convictions for 2 DUI's, 2 Operating Vehicle without insurance, speeding, seat belt violations, no registration and 2 failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. He isn't identifying the driver because there were illegal drugs found in his vehicle, cocaine. There is a witness that stated he spoke to the driver just after the wreck and before he ran off and abandoned the car. The witness stated the inside of the vehicle smelled like marijuana. Again, the owner won't give the name of the individual that the car was loaned to. Do you think this would be enough to find the owner guilty of negligent entrustment?
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