Teenagers are particularly at risk for getting into accidents within the first few months that they are driving due to:
- Inexperience driving on the roadways
- Unfamiliarity with traffic laws
- Tendency to be distracted by friends in the vehicle
- Tendency to text or talk on the cell phone while driving
In some cases, if a teen driver causes an accident, the teen's parents may be held responsible for their negligent driving.
Cases Where a Teenage Driver's Parents are Liable
If the teenage driver has a license or a permit, then the parent is usually not liable for their teenager’s actions. Nevertheless, a parent would be held liable in the following instances:
- If a parent knows the teenager is an incompetent or reckless driver and still permits them to drive;
- If the teenager was working for the parent at the time of the collision;
- If a parent did not provide adequate supervision of the teenage driver;
- Or, if the teen was running errands or using the family car, as requested or permitted by the parent.
There are some states that have laws regarding parental negligence and whether or not parents are responsible for the damages caused by their teenager. Oftentimes, the teenager may use the car without their parents’ permission, in which case, the parents would not be held responsible. Other cases where these types of laws do not apply are when the teenager is emancipated or if a parent does not have custody of the teen.
If you have been injured in an accident where a teen driver was at fault, then you should contact a South Carolina auto accident attorney. The attorney will be able to determine who is liable for the accident and how to get you the compensation that you deserve. Contact a South Carolina car accident law firm today by calling 1-888-690-0211.