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Unfortunately, based upon the facts that you shared, both you and your wife are at risk of being sued. This is because the injured party would almost certainly sue you both (if a lawsuit is filed at all) since a plaintiff generally sues all parties who may have liability. Also, bear in mind that permission does not have to be in reference to a specific trip. If you allowed your son to drive the car in the past, then that may be considered implied permission. Similarly, your wife could be deemed to be in control of the car even if you generally dictate when it's driven. For example, if your wife had possession of the keys, then that may be deemed as having control over the car. In fact, the very idea that your wife may have given permission indicates that she exercised control over the vehicle. But the bot***** *****ne is that both of you are at risk if a lawsuit is filed. Accordingly, if a judgment is granted, then you would likely both be liable for the judgment.
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