are parents liable or can be sued if child is in car accident that is there fault

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are parents liable or can be sued if child is in car accident that is there fault

17 year old owns her own car in her name . Her name is own title. But her car
insurance is covered under parents car insurance due to lower cost

Asked on May 17, 2018 under Accident Law, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

You cannot escape liability while she is still a minor (under age 18). The parents and/or legal guardians of a minor are liable for damage or injuries, etc. caused by the minor if she was "at fault" (e.g. driving negligently or carelessly) in causing the accident. Once she is a legal adult (18), if she has her own car and her own insurance, you can avoid liability, but not while she is a minor.


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