Comments for Leaving Your Vehicle Unattended with the Engine Running Does Not Imply Permissive Use

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Jan 03, 2012
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Surprised that this doesn't Show Fault
by: Lisa

My neighbors used to leave their minivan running all the time in the morning just to warm it up in the winter. They said that the kids refused to get into a cold car. (Who was supposed to be in charge there anyway?!) Apparently they didn't leave the parking brake on either, because one day the thing rolled into another neighbor's garage. No one was hurt, so we can laugh about it now.

Website Manager's comment: Leaving a vehicle running and not securing it so that it does not roll off and damage another person's property or, even worse, harm or injure another person is very different from having an unattended running vehicle stolen and subsequently involved in an accident. In the first instance, the failure to secure the idling vehicle is the proximate cause of the third person's damage. In the second instance, the thief's actions are the proximate cause of the third person's damage.

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