Negligent Entrustment Law and Legal Definition

Negligent entrustment is a concept in tort law that arises where one party (the entrustor) is found responsible for negligently providing another party (the entrustee) with a dangerous instrumentality, and the entrusted party caused injury to a third party with that instrumentality. The issue typically arises in the context of a person allowing another to drive their automobile.

Negligent entrustment often refers to entrusting a vehicle to an individual without ensuring that the individual has a valid driver’s license or allowing the person to drive a vehicle despite the individual’s past driving history, known or unknown.