Are Parents Liable for a Child’s Car Accident in Florida?
If you have a teen driver, or if you or your loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a teen driver, you may be wondering if the child’s parents can be held liable for the damages and injuries resulting from a car accident in Florida. The answer is yes, parents of an at-fault minor driver may be held responsible for their child’s accidents based on Florida law.
Vicarious Liability Laws
Each state sets its own laws concerning a parent or guardian’s liability when their child is responsible for a car accident resulting in injuries or damages. These laws are known as Parental Responsibility Laws. In Florida, parents may be held liable for the actions of their minor child if the minor child lives at home with the parent or guardian. Parental Responsibility Laws are important because teens often have lower insurance limits which are inadequate to compensate for the damages caused. Teens are also less likely to have the resources needed to pay the amount of damages (personal and property) which exceed their insurance limits.
The courts in Florida have ruled that when a parent is liable, their liability is limited to the actual amount of the damages. This means that you can potentially receive compensation for medical bills and the value of property destroyed from the parents of a teen who was liable or negligent. You will not receive compensation for pain and suffering or the emotional distress the situation has caused you and your loved ones.
Getting the Compensation You Are Owed
When you need legal advice that you can depend on, call Casas Law. Our attorneys have decades of experience representing car accident victims in the West Palm Beach area. The Casas Law team has the knowledge and experience to guide you through the car accident legal process and get you the compensation you deserve. Call Casas Law today to schedule a free consultation.
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