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When are Parents Liable for the Actions of Their Children?

June 29, 2017

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim

Teenagers are notorious for being irresponsible and making poor, often reckless, decisions. Unfortunately, these decisions can prove deadly for others on the road. However, the parents of negligent teenagers can be required to compensate any victims for their medical expenses and lost wages if the parents were careless in allowing the teenagers to drive their car. If you were injured in an accident caused by a negligent or reckless minor, it is important to contact a Philadelphia personal injury attorney who can help you seek compensation for your losses.

Parental Liability

Drivers are required to obey all traffic laws and take reasonable precautions to avoid foreseeable accidents. Disregarding these obligations can have serious consequences, for which the at-fault party can be held responsible. Under state law, it is also unlawful for car owners to allow someone who is not licensed to drive their vehicle. When parents permit their child to drive while unlicensed, they can be held liable for damages.

If you were involved in an accident caused by a minor’s reckless or negligent conduct, you should speak with a personal injury attorney who can help you file a claim.

Call Today to Schedule a Consultation With a Dedicated Personal Injury Attorney

While the irresponsible decisions of teenagers are usually a mere annoyance, they can have serious consequences, especially when those decisions extend to the operation of a vehicle. However, this requires the injured party to file a claim against the driver’s parents or guardians, which can be a difficult process. To speak with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney about your own case, please call van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim at (215) 486-0123 at your earliest convenience. You can also reach us by initiating a live chat with a member of our legal team or by completing and submitting one of our brief contact forms.



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