Teenage Drivers

For those with teenage children who are just learning to drive, the California Court of Appeal recently discussed an interesting scenario. In this scenario, a young driver was practicing, and his grandmother was the only adult in the car. She was not explicitly named in the insurance policy that covered the car, the teenager, and the driver’s parents. The case settled, and afterwards the injured party attempted to sue the grandmother for entrusting the car to an irresponsible minor driver. The Court held that the grandmother despite being left out of the release, was protected by its language.

From this discussion, it would appear if a parent is teaching a child how to drive, they must consider carefully whom they permit to supervise.