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Is it a parent’s fault if their teenager crashes?

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents | 0 comments

If a teenage license holder injures you in a crash, it is them you should be looking to hold responsible, not their parents.

Yet parents can play a vital role in educating their children to drive safely. It is in their best interests as no parent wants to see their child hurt or injure others.

How can parents help newly qualified drivers stay safe?

Virginia places additional restrictions on under 18s, yet there are not enough police to ensure that everyone complies with this, so parents can play a role by checking their kids do. Here are some of those rules:

  • They can only drive between midnight and 4 a.m. for specific reasons such as going to or from work, a school event or with an adult in the front seat.
  • They can only carry one person under 21 for the first year unless an adult is in the front seat.
  • They cannot use a phone in any form unless stopped and parked up.

Parents can impose stricter rules on their children if they wish. As the people who typically buy or loan their child the vehicle, they have considerable power. For example, refusing to lend their child the car when going to a party where the risk of drinking will be high and not lending them a vehicle that might be too powerful.

If you are injured in a car crash with a teenager, there is a good chance they caused the collision due to their inexperience. Getting help to discover their error will be crucial to getting adequate compensation.