Family Purpose Doctrine Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Family Purpose Doctrine.

Family Purpose Doctrine (noun)

The Family Purpose Doctrine is a legal principle that holds the head of a household (commonly the owner of a vehicle) liable for any damages, injuries, or accidents caused by any family member who drives the car, whether with or without the owner's explicit consent. This rule is based on the premise that the car is provided for the general use and benefit of the family. Some jurisdictions apply this doctrine as an alternative to holding the registered car owner responsible for damages caused by any authorized driver.