The Driver's Ed Teacher's Break Went Out While Giving A Lesson And The Teen Got Into An Accident. Whose Fault Is It?

According to a recently released AAA study, when there are fewer students enrolled in driver’s education classes during high school, the result is a higher incidence of traffic convictions across the United States. State laws vary, but some states require driver’s education for teenagers to receive their licenses at all, but in other states there isn’t even much more than in class instruction let alone formal driver’s education classes.

The September 9 news release from AAA Foundation for Traffic safety also said that teens that fulfilled their driver’s education requirements had high scores on their driving exams, while also displaying an increase in information compared to those in their peer group who did not receive any concrete driver’s training.

What to Do if There’s a Wreck in Driver’s Ed?

When motor vehicle accidents occur in a driver’s education situation, things can feel pretty complicated, but responsibly and liability has to lie somewhere. If you have any involvement in this kind of collision, it’s possible for you to have a legitimate claim against:

  • The student driver
  • The instructor for thoughtless oversight
  • The driver’s education company or school for its employee’s negligence

Claims Against the Driving School

In addition to possibly suing the driver or the instructor, you may have a case against the company who owns the car and provides instructors and lessons to students. There are three different ways the school might be responsible for your teen’s accident:

  • Vicarious liability
  • Negligent hiring
  • Improper maintenance of vehicles

Tavares Car Accident Attorney

If your teenager has been involved in a motor vehicle accident during a driver’s education lesson, call the experienced attorneys at Oldham & Smith. We can provide guidance and effective representation. Call (352) 292-1620 to get started immediately or fill out our contact form.


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