Legal Question in Personal Injury in Texas

Liability of parents

If a 17 1/2 year old is driving another person's car and gets in an accident (causing damage &/or injury), can the parents be liable for that damage? Let's say that he is not covered under the parent's auto insurance.

Asked on 6/04/08, 12:24 pm

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Roger Merrill Merrill & Associates
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Re: Liability of parents

Generally, parents are not responsible for the negligent acts of their children. Parents, however, may be responsible if they negligently entrust their vehicle to a child, e.g., let their child drive when the child has neither a license nor experience to drive.

If the child is not covered, then the insurance policy will not pay.

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6/04/08, 1:06 pm

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