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My daughter suffered a serious brain injury when her friend, who only had a restricted drivers license, wrecked his parents car on a joyride. They were alone and I suspect the boys parents allowed him unsupervised use of the car. Can his parents be held liable for my daughters medical bills and injuries?

My daughter suffered a serious brain injury when her friend, who only had a restricted drivers license, wrecked his parents car on a joyride. They were alone and I suspect the boys parents allowed him unsupervised use of the car. Can his parents be held liable for my daughters medical bills and injuries?

A: It depends. Many factors bear on whether a lawsuit will be successful. Only the liability question will be addressed here. If you can prove that the parents gave their unlicensed son permission to use their car without supervision on the specific occasion that resulted in your daughter’s injury, then you have a good claim for liability. If, on the other hand, the parents gave their son permission on subsequent occaisions but not on the specific occasion resulting in your daughter’s injuries, then the case for liability is somewhat weak.

Florida courts have ruled that even if parents allowed their unlicensed children to drive unsupervised on occasions before the accident in question that those previous occasions are “not so closely intertwined with any negligence” so as to allow for parental liability.

Contact Zimmet & Zimmet Law Firm today, for further questions and concerns on this matter.

 


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