An automobile accident between plaintiff, an 11 year old boy, and defendant driver, resulted in the death of plaintiff’s mother and injuries to plaintiff.

The Brian O’Connell, Jr. Law Firm originally filed suit against the defendant driver, but joined the automobile manufacturer under Section 388 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, which indicates that owners of motor vehicles are vicariously liable for any negligent acts of the driver of said vehicle. The defendant driver’s vehicle was owned by the automobile manufacturer because it was a leased vehicle and, therefore, the automobile manufacturer was subject to vicarious liability for the acts of the defendant driver.