What's the liability of a parent in PA for a child driver?
by Lisa (PA)
In Pennsylvania, does transferring a vehicle title to my 17 year old child offer any protection from liability, should she be involved in an incident with the vehicle? Or will I continue to be liable until the age of 18?
In short, I'm wondering what's the personal liability of a parent in PA for the minor driver of a car titled to the parent? Is there anything that can be done to minimize this liability (such as transferring title)? Thank you.
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ANSWER for "What's the liability of a parent in PA for a child driver?":
Under PA Code Sections 5502 and 5505, a parent may be liable for the tortious actions of a minor child under the age of 18.
The word "Tortious" refers to acts which result in property damage or personal injury to other persons. There is a limit to the financial liability of a parent for personal injuries caused by their child. The limit is $1,000.00 for injuries to one person, and $2,500.00 for more than one person.
Here is the actual code language:
Section 5502. Liability of parents:
Any parent whose child is found liable or is adjudged guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction of a tortious act shall be liable to the person who suffers the injury to the extent set forth in this chapter.
Section 5505. Monetary limits of liability:
(a) General rule.--Liability of the parents under this chapter shall be limited to:
(1) The sum of $1,000 for injuries suffered by any one person as a result of one tortious act or continuous series of tortious acts.
(2) The sum of $2,500 regardless of the number of persons who suffer injury as a result of one tortious act."
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