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Can Parents Be Held Liable If Their Teen Is in a Car Accident?

The damages from collisions caused by teen drivers account for a third of all costs related to auto accidents in America. More importantly, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that the rate of collisions for teenage motorists is higher than any other age group. It’s normal to encourage teens to practice driving to get more comfortable behind the wheel, but a lack of maturity, experience, and confidence on the road often contribute to teenage car crashes. As a parent, one of your first thoughts while preparing your child for the responsibility of handling a vehicle alone will likely be liability for damages if they’re ever in an accident. Here’s what you need to know.

Liability According to New York Law

A young man driving a car

Car accident liability falls on the parents of teen drivers in the state of New York. According to the law, owners of vehicles operated within the state are held liable for any injuries or damages following a collision resulting from negligence or using the vehicle with the owner’s permission. No matter their age, every driver has a duty of care to uphold to all other motorists and pedestrians.

Tips to Help Minimize Teen Auto Accidents

Teenagers don’t have as much experience on the road compared to most other drivers, and driver inexperience is among the most common factors involved in collisions caused by newly licensed teens, according to the CDC. While every collision won’t be your child’s fault, here are several other common factors to note that lead to car accidents involving teen drivers:

  • Distracted driving due to cell phone use
  • Driving under the influence
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive driving behavior (tailgating)

If Your Teen Has Been in an Accident, Call Leav & Steinberg

The personal injury lawyers at Leav & Steinberg LLP can help you understand your options following a collision involving your child. We’ve helped clients throughout New York with car accident liability lawsuits, with demonstrated results boasting millions of dollars in settlements. Our team will work diligently to document your child’s injuries and help you receive compensation. Complete our contact form online to request a free consultation for your car accident claim.