Family Member Entrustment Claim
Typically, there is no legitimate legal cause of action against a parent where their child causes an auto accident. Typically, the legal claim will arise solely against the culpable child. However, there are two exceptions. First – is there a “negligent entrustment” claim, such as when a parent/car owner “negligently entrusts” use of a vehicle to the child who cause the accident. To prevail on such a claim for negligent entrustment, the injured party would need to demonstrate not only that the parent had knowledge of the child’s poor driving, lacked a license, had medical limitations, or allowed the child to operate a dangerous vehicle, for example. The second exception would be if the parent allowed the child to operate the vehicle as an agent for the parent, such as carrying errands for the parent’s business or affairs.