Parent Liability for Minor’s California DUI Accident
This is a common concern for most parents. I’m a parent of four children, three of whom are driving and I’m obviously very concerned about if they get in some sort of an accident whether or not they can come after my assets.
Negligent Entrustment In DUI Accidents
The typical answer to it is the party that would be coming after the assets in a DUI case would have to mount some sort of an argument of what we call “negligent entrustment.”
In other words, you negligently let your child have a car that’s under your name and that person got in an accident, hurt somebody, caused property damage and now they can try to sue you for that.
That’s why a lot of people will make their teenaged children get their car in their own names and then you would probably be protected from somebody coming after you if that person got in an accident.
Like for me, I’ve got three kids all under my insurance, so if they were to get into some sort of a DUI accident, obviously there could be an argument made that somehow I’m responsible for it. Well obviously, that’s why you want to make sure your kids don’t drink and drive.
Liability and Juvenile Criminal Record
But if you do find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to help your children because they have a DUI and maybe they got in an accident — you’re concerned about your liability. You’re concerned about them going to jail and their criminal record, pick up the phone.
Make the call today. I can definitely help you. I’ve been doing this for 25 years. I’ve handled a lot of DUI cases. I’ve represented a lot of young people who have gotten themselves in trouble and helped to protect their records, their ability to drive, and obviously, protect them from going into custody.
So, negligent entrustment is the issue. That’s the concept you want to look at it if you’re concerned because of your child’s DUI, because of an accident, because someone was hurt, because there was property damage, that somehow they might come after you, they would have to be able to try to mount an argument that it’s your responsibility that the child got in the accident and was drinking and driving.
I can think of a perfect example. You allow your child to drive your car and you allow your child to have access to alcohol at your house. They drink there. They end up getting behind the wheel because you’re not responsible and don’t keep an eye on them.
They end up hurting somebody or killing somebody, causing property damage — of course, the party that’s getting injured or their significant other or their parents are going to try to come after the deep pocket, the person that’s got money, the person that facilitated the use of the car, that’s facilitated the use of alcohol. That’s what you’re going to be looking at when you’re evaluating this.
Obviously, you’re going to want to get your insurance company involved. They’ve got lawyers. They’ve dealt with this type of problem before. You’re going to want to get an attorney like me for your child, who’s not only going to be looking out for your child’s interests, they’ll be looking out for your interests as well.
Retaining Criminal Lawyer to Protect Child’s Best Interest
We’re working as a team here to try to get the best result and protect your child’s rights, their freedom, their reputation, their future, their driving record. These are all the things that are of concern, and obviously, to try to help their parents end up in a solid position so they don’t lose a lot based on their child’s actions.
So, exploring this concept of negligent entrustment is definitely something that you can sit down and talk to me about if you have a child that you’re retaining me to help them with their DUI where there was an accident, where there was injuries, where there was property damage.
We can get into all the aspect of it and get involved and help with the insurance company. The insurance company can be very valuable because you pay a lot of money every month for insurance. They’ve got lawyers.
They’ve got a lot of information and skilled talent and they have a duty to help represent you, to help represent your child. If you paid the money to have the insurance and you need to sit down right away and start strategizing how to help your child deal with the DUI, deal with the accident and deal with the aftermath of what happened.
In addition to that, you want to sit down with an attorney so you can figure out how to best protect your own interests and rights as it relates to any financial responsibility related to the Los Angeles DUI your child was involved in.
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