Accidents Involving Stolen Vehicles

Accidents Involving Stolen Vehicles

Accidents Involving Stolen Vehicles

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton car accident lawyer. The city of Stockton has been facing an increase in traffic accidents involving stolen vehicles throughout the past few months and even years. Survivors of accidents involving stolen vehicles may oftentimes suffer traumatic, life-changing injuries depending on the severity of the collision. It is imperative for Stockton residents to review and rely on their own automobile insurance policy to protect themselves from such tragedies.

Who is Liable in an Accident Involving a Stolen Vehicle?

The owner of an alleged stolen vehicle cannot be held liable for injuries and damages caused by a vehicle thief. This is because the owner did not grant permission to the thief to operate their vehicle, in accordance to California Vehicle Code Section 17150. If the thief is involved in an auto accident with a stolen vehicle, they are legally liable for all incurred damages.

Accident Claims and Stolen Vehicles

Survivors of automobile accidents are entitled to pursue compensation for their losses by filing a personal injury claim. These claims are intended to demonstrate that another party or entity was negligent in causing the collision, and should be held accountable for any resulting damages. Such claims are usually filed against the automobile insurance provider of the at-fault driver, who will be held responsible for paying damages in accordance to their insurance policy limits. In accidents involving stolen vehicles, the likelihood of a vehicle thief having an auto insurance policy is slim to none. Survivors of such senseless accidents may need to resort to their own insurance policy to be compensated for their losses.

Importance of Uninsured/Under-Insured Motorist Protection (UM)

One of the wisest decisions a party can make is purchasing Uninsured/Under-Insured Motorist Protection (UM) as part of their automobile insurance policy. This decision can make all the difference, especially if involved in a stolen vehicle accident. Although this benefit is optional and is not required by California state law, it is highly beneficial to those who carry this coverage. Policyholders of UM coverage are entitled to coverage when involved in traffic accidents with:

If you or someone you love has been involved in a Stockton car accident with a stolen vehicle, you do not have to undergo this hardship alone. Contacting an experienced car accident lawyer in Stockton is crucial in protecting your rights and securing fair compensation in your UM claim.

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I’m Ed Smith, a car accident lawyer in Stockton. The consequences of a stolen vehicle accident may be traumatic and life-changing. If you or a loved one has suffered severe injuries in a stolen vehicle accident or other negligent action, please call me for compassionate, free and friendly advice at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400. In the alternative, you can reach me online anytime by visiting

I have been assisting families of Stockton with obtaining fair compensation for their wrongful death and traumatic injury cases since 1982.

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