family purpose doctrine
family purpose doctrine n: a doctrine in tort law: the owner of a car is vicariously liable for damages incurred by a family member while using the car with the owner's permission – called also family car doctrine;
◇ This doctrine is recognized only in some jurisdictions and has been rejected in most.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

family purpose doctrine
The doctrine that the registered owner of a vehicle is liable for any damage caused by any member of the owner's family while operating the vehicle.
Category: Accidents & Injuries
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

family purpose doctrine
n.
   a rule of law that the registered owner of an automobile is responsible for damages to anyone injured when the auto is driven by a member of the family with or without the owner's permission. The theory of this liability is that the vehicle is owned for family purposes. This doctrine is the law in some states instead of making a registered owner liable for damages caused by anyone driving his/her car with permission.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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