Doctrine of Imputed Negligence Limited
August 4, 2020
Pursuant to Maryland’s doctrine of imputed negligence, an automobile passenger who is the sole owner of the vehicle has been held vicariously liable for the negligence of the driver of their vehicle. In the past, Maryland courts have held that this doctrine of imputed negligence renders an injured owner-passenger contributorily negligent when the driver of their vehicle was negligent, thereby barring the passenger-owner from recovery for their injuries. Maryland’s highest court, however, recently found that the doctrine of imputed negligence is antiquated and that the negligence of a driver will no longer be imputed to defeat the claim of an injured owner-passenger of the vehicle. Seaborne-Worsley v. Mintiens.