We want to protect our children in the best way we can, but unfortunately some things can be out of our control. If your teenager is a new driver and gets into an accident it’s an emotional roller coaster for you as a parent. Their initial safety and health is of course paramount, but you should also discuss with them the legal repercussions and the issue of liability.
It’s so important as parents that you sit down with your teens before giving them the keys and letting them run wild. If they have an idea of what to do if they do get into an accident, then you’re at least preparing them just in case. Advise them to do the following:
You’ll then need to look into the liability of your teen driver. As soon as someone has their license, they have a duty of care to be a responsible driver and comply with the laws in place. If your teen has not complied then unfortunately it’s likely they’ll be liable for damages related with the accident. The teen themselves may be sued, with you being their representative if they’re still a minor. You may also be liable if your teen is still on their learner’s license, as you gave your consent to have this responsibility until they’re 18. The owner of the vehicle (if it is not the teen) may also be liable.