Owner Not Responsible For Injuries Caused by Car Thief - KOTA Territory News

Owner Not Responsible For Injuries Caused by Car Thief

Gary Jensen
Beardsley, Jensen and Von Wald

Is a car owner liable for injuries caused by an accident when she leaves while her car is running to retrieve a checkbook and in the meantime a thief steals her car and causes an accident?

No, the car owner is not liable, at least in Wyoming.

The Wyoming Supreme Court reasoned that leaving of her car running was not prohibited by statute, the harm suffered was not foreseeable, and the owner's actions were not "deserving of moral blame."

In other words, the car owner did not owe a duty of care to protect others from the actions of the thief.

For more, you can read Lucero v. Holbrook, 2012 WY 152.

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