We were talking about an unfortunate incident where a group of 16-17 year old kids were riding their bikes three abreast at night with no lights or helmets and they were hit from behind and one of them killed. A very tragic situation.
No charges were laid against the driver but the dead boys parents sued and the driver has now counter sued.
Our debate was up to what age are parents responsible for mistakes their kids make. We know that if a child under 16 is caught riding a bike without a helmet the parents are liable but if the child is 16 to 18 the parents are not liable, the teenager is.
We also know that under the Parental Responsibility Act there are some cases where a parent can be held responsible for his kid's actions up to the age of 18.
Can a parent be sued because their child, over the age of 16, did something in violation of the Highway Traffic Act that caused an accident?
Former Ontario Police Officer. Advice will become less relevant as the time goes by !
Sorry. Didn't mean to upset anyone but I saw this post on this site when I was doing a search and thought my question was related.argyll wrote:This isn't a forum to discuss civil court matters.
As far as what age are parents responsible for their kids actions. That is an age old question and the law has different answers as you have pointed out. Philosophically, I'm torn on this one because there are many adults who commit misdeeds due to bad parenting, but that begs the question when does a person have to take sole responsibility for their actions? I guess it need to be looked at on a case by case basis.