Car accidents can be caused by drivers of any age group, but a large number of crashes per year are due by teenagers. This is because young drivers are inexperienced and therefore are more likely to panic in situations where they don’t know what to do. Some auto collisions in our state are caused by student drivers who are just learning how to drive. Understandably, many New Jersey residents wonder who is liable for car accidents caused by student drivers. Our knowledgeable law firm has all the information you’ll need! Read this blog to learn more information about this topic, or reach out to a New Jersey Auto Accident Lawyer for individualized legal counseling.
CAN NEW JERSEY DRIVERS EARN COMPENSATION AFTER ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY STUDENT DRIVERS?
After any car accident, law enforcement should arrive on the scene of the incident to file an official police report. Officers will interview drivers and passengers involved in the accident, along with witnesses who may have seen what occurred, in order to determine a cause. Since New Jersey is a no-fault state, each driver’s auto insurance will be liable for their damages no matter who (or what) caused the collision. However, you may be eligible for further restitution by filing a personal injury claim, though this is only possible if another driver’s negligence directly led to the collision.
WHO CAN BE HELD LIABLE AFTER A STUDENT-DRIVING COLLISION?
Whoever is deemed at fault for a car accident depends on the circumstances of the incident. If the accident was caused by the student driver’s negligence, then they could be liable despite being a minor. The student driver will most likely have auto coverage through their parents’ insurance. This means you may be eligible for further restitution through the student driver’s parents’ insurance if the student driver’s negligence directly caused the collision, but you will need to file a personal injury case for this.
It’s important to note that student driving crashes are especially complicated, meaning that multiple parties could be liable for the damages. There is a chance that the student driver’s instructor was also responsible for the crash, and in some situations, the instructor or even the driving school can be found liable too.
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