In the State of Florida, a teen can get behind of the wheel of a vehicle as the driver at the age of 15. Teens can get a Learner’s License or a Restricted Driver’s License at the age of 15. If the teen driver meets the necessary driving requirements and then passes the driver’s test, then, at the age of 16, a teen can get a driver’s license that does not have the restrictions on it. As such, in the State of Florida, we have teen drivers on the road between and including the ages of 15 through 19 years old. When a teen is at-fault for an automobile accident in the State of Florida, the issue or question that arises is who is responsible for the careless driving or negligence.
For purposes of this article, we are going to restrict the commentary to the teen drivers in the following age range: 15 year old to 17 years old. These drivers are still minors and the liability laws in Florida are different than those for an 18 year old or a 19 year old driver. Here are the potential people liable for the negligence driving of a teen in the 15 – 17 year old age range:
1. Teen Driver. That’s right, a teen can be sued for his or her own negligence arising from an automobile accident. The guardians or parents of the teen would need to be the representative relatives in the lawsuit but the teen himself or herself can be sued for his or her negligent actions or conduct. In the State of Florida, a child under the age of 6 years of age cannot be held liable or responsible for his or her negligent conduct. For children 6 years old and older, then a portion or even all of the negligence can be attributed to the child or teen.