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Old 03-28-2017, 11:56 AM   #1
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Are parents liable generally -or in any possible way- if their adult child is sued in a wrongful death accident?
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Old 03-28-2017, 12:44 PM   #2
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Yes (if the adult child is driving the parents' vehicle).

NY holds the owner of a vehicle liable for the negligence of the driver.

http://law.justia.com/codes/new-york...rticle-11/388/
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Generally you're not responsible unless there is some issue like you own the car, or you contributed to the problem. But as a general rule you're not responsible more than any other adult would be for the acts of another adult.
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Generally you're not responsible unless there is some issue like you own the car, or you contributed to the problem. But as a general rule you're not responsible more than any other adult would be for the acts of another adult.
Generally true in most states but OP is specific to NY where there is strict statutory liability as addressed in the statute I posted.
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Default Re: Are parents liable if their adult child is sued in a wrongful death?

If the vehicle is registered in parents name, they are liable to be sued for an accident caused by the adult child.
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They could also be potentially sued for an unsecured firearm the parent was under license to possess I believe. NY firearms laws are strict.
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More facts would help but generally no you are not liable, with the few exceptions noted above, or unless you contributed somehow to the incident.

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Once they are 18 you are off the hook for THEIR conduct!
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Once they are 18 you are off the hook for THEIR conduct!
Wrong.

Did you bother to look at the statute I posted?

I'm guessing not.
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I said THEIR conduct.
I did not say anything about using ones own car or the like.

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