Adult Liability for Teenage Drivers

Car owners are not the only people who can be held liable aside from the driver. Other people may also be held responsible for the actions of a person under their authority or control. This is especially true for minors and employees. 

“If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident, it’s important to know the identity of all parties who may be liable.  A local car accident attorney can help you identify the people legally responsible for your injuries following an auto accident.  To learn more about your rights and personal injury case call attorney Jin Kim at (916) 270-6880.”

This article will provide a short overview of the liability of adults responsible for the actions of teenage drivers.

Liability of Adults for Minors

An adult may be held liable for a minor driver’s negligence in a car accident in two different ways. The first is when the adult signs and verifies a minor’s driver’s license application. Any adult, not just the parents, who verify said application can be held responsible. The adult may be a parent, a guardian, an adult spouse, or an employer of the minor. The responsibility for the minor’s actions exists for as long as the person is of minor age. 

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An adult can also be held responsible and liable for the fault of a minor when the adult gives the minor permission to drive the vehicle. The permission given may be express or implied. In the first instance, it is immaterial if the minor had a license or not; what is important to hold the adult liable is that the adult gave permission. 

The law limits the liability of an adult for the fault of a minor to the following amounts: 

  • $15,000 per person
  • $30,000 per accident for injury
  • $5000 per accident for property damages and there is no imputed liability for punitive damages

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Adult liability for a negligent teen driver is important to identify before a lawsuit is filed.    To find out if a parent, guardian, or another adult can be held liable for a teenage driver call our office at (916) 270-6880 for a free consultation.

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