LAW 512-001 – Torts II

Bailment


A bailor is generally not liable for damage caused by the use of his property by a bailee.

Exceptions:

  • Family Car Doctrine

    The family car doctrine places liability on the owner of a vehicle for negligent operation by a person using the vehicle with the express or implied consent of the owner for purposes of the business or pleasure of the owner's family.

  • It is traditionally presumed that an owner controls the vehicle when he is a passenger therein, but many states have abandoned this presumption.
  • One is liable for his own negligence in loaning out his car.