Can a parent be liable if their adult child causes an auto accident and the parent is not the registered owner but the child is?

We also claimed our adult child on our tax returns.

Asked on September 19, 2016 under Accident Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, your taxes have nothing to do with liability for accidents. If the child is the owner, then so long as you do not provide his/her insurance or make the car payments for him/her (either of which can show that, regardless of what is on the car title, that you are the "real" owner(s) of the car), you should not be liable.

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