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Who is liable if a minor is driving drunk and has an accident?

Can the parents of an intoxicated minor be held liable if an accident occurs? The answer is yes. Parents are liable for the actions of their minor child. In other words, the parents may be sued by the victims of a drunk driving accident if their child was driving while impaired.

According to Virginia laws, there could be criminal charges if the parents knowingly allowed their minor child to consume alcohol. However, an adult does not need to be a parent to be held liable for the actions of minors who were under his or her control, such as at a party at the adults' home. Adults may be held accountable and responsible if someone under their care gets drunk and:

-- Damages property

-- Drinks too much alcohol and dies

-- Sexually assaults someone

-- Gets into a physical altercations and hurts the other person

-- Injuries or kills another person while driving after drinking

The parents may be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor that carries a punishment of up to a year in jail, as well as a fine of up to $2,500.

If you are injured in a drunk driving accident where the at-fault driver is a minor, you have a right to seek compensation from the minor's parents or from the adults who gave your child alcohol. At The Law Offices of Locklin & Coleman, PLLC, we know that this won't undo the suffering you have had to endure; however, a judgment in your favor can ease financial concerns you may have as a result of the accident.

Our experienced personal injury attorneys are ready to help you as you seek to hold those responsible for your accident accountable. We want you to learn more about drunk driving accidents by visiting our website.

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