Can I be pursued legally if my adult child, driving a car registered to and insured by him, while living with me gets into an accident?

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Can I be pursued legally if my adult child, driving a car registered to and insured by him, while living with me gets into an accident?

Asked on August 6, 2013 under Accident Law, New Hampshire

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No; being a parent does not automatically make one responsible or liable  for an adult child's actions, and similarly, a person is not automatically responsible for the actions of housemates, children or not. Your child is an adult; owns his own car; has his own insurance. You are not responsible or liable when he gets into an accident (uness you contributed to causing it in some way--e.g. gave him alcohalic drinks, to the point he was visibly impaired, before he drove).


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