Allowing a minor to drive your car when he or she does not yet have a driver’s license is reckless and dangerous. The chances of an accident increase when a driver has limited experience behind the wheel, so it is possible that a parent may be held responsible if a teenager gets into an accident while driving a family car before obtaining his or her license.
Level of Responsibility
The level of responsibility that a parent might face can vary based on the situation, but in general the parents can be held financially responsible for the situation. You may be required to pay for any property damages and injuries that your teenager caused if he or she got into an accident while driving your car.
In most cases, parents will not have their license suspended when they allow a child to drive a car, but they may face fines or additional consequences. In certain situations, it may be deemed appropriate for a parent to lose his or her license due to the severity of the accident or any related problems.
Parent are often held responsible for the actions of their teen child, particularly if permission was given to drive the car. In certain instances, a parent’s license may be suspended. In other cases, the minor may not be allowed to obtain a license for a set number of years and parents face financial responsibility for the accident.
It is never a good idea to allow a teenager behind the wheel of a car unless it is legally appropriate. If a teenager has a permit, then a parent should always be in the passenger seat. Contact us to talk to an agent for more details.