States have enforced the laws of parents being held liable for the acts that were committed by their children through intentional or negligent account. Accidents caused by children may fall on their parent’s shoulders in some states. Parents should be supervising and know what their children are doing; this could avoid numerous difficulties. Each state has their own version of these laws that they use.
What Are Those Laws?
For more than a century, these laws have been a part of the legal system. The first State to have adapted this law was Hawaii. Parental responsibility, in most states, is applied in both civil manner, and criminal manner acts that were done by the child. It may seem unfair that a parent is the one that ends up paying for their child’s acts, but the victim who suffered at the child’s hands should not have to be responsible in paying the damages done by that child. The point is that parents should be supervising their children, especially as minors. If the child ends up injuring someone or damaging their property, then often times, the parents will be financially responsible for those actions.
Until What Age is the Child Still Considered a Minor?
The answer to this question varies from state to state. In most states, the children are not considered to be an “adult” until they have reached the age of 18. In other states it is not until the age of 21. The parents of the child that committed the act that caused harm can be legally responsible for their actions until they have reached the age of 18. The parental responsibility law has been moved up to the age of 21 in some states.
Minor’s Acts While Driving Leads to Parents Liability
There are states in which the legal responsibilities of the parents are specified in certain statutes, which are known as “sponsorship laws”. These statues explain in more detail the legal liability that will be taken upon the parent. These states usually require someone known as “sponsor” for any minor under the age of 18 that wants to acquire their driver’s license.
A parent, an employer, or any other adult can act as the minors “sponsor”. The sponsor will be responsible for any damages that the child commits for different actions depending on the state, either willfully, or negligently. The fact that the sponsor may not have owned the vehicle, or may not have had any control over the minor’s actions proves irrelevant to this liability. They will still have to be financially responsible for the minor’s actions.
Speak with an attorney if you have more questions regarding your legal options