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If a minor child causes an accident, are the parents responsible?

Answer: The general rule is that parents are not responsible for the negligence of their minor children. However, there are many exceptions to that rule. If the parent owns the vehicle that the minor was driving then the parent can be liable under Florida’s dangerous instrumentality doctrine. If the parent signed the minor child’s application for his or her driver’s license, the signing parent is liable. Click here for a more in-depth discussion on parents’ responsibility for their minor children’s negligence causing a car accident.

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