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UIM (Underinsured Motorists) Primer for ICBC-Insured Drivers and Passengers

One hears a lot about Canada's socialized-medicine program, but what about socialized-auto insurance? For better or for worse, Canadian auto insurance is handled Province by Province, and the "basic" or mandatory minimum insurance, at least for the Western Provinces, is entirely socialized. The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia ("ICBC") provides the following insurance package for all licensed British Columbia drivers, all members of their household and all passengers in their vehicle:

Negligent Entrustment

Under Washington law, the mere fact that a person owns a vehicle does not make him or her liable for the injuries and losses caused by a negligent driver of that vehicle. However, there is an independent cause of action to be made against an owner of a vehicle for Negligent Entrustment. Washington law holds that an owner of a vehicle may be guilty of negligent entrustment if the entrustment of the vehicle posed an unreasonable risk of reasonably foreseeable harm to the plaintiff, or to the class of persons to which the plaintiff belongs.

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