My son has never been allowed to drive any of the family vehicles due to disciplinary problems. He's never possessed a driver's license nor is he on our insurance policy. His friend, who is 17, allowed him to use her vehicle and he wrecked the car. Now the friend's parents are threatening us to pay for the vehicle or get taken to small claims court.
Probably not because he is an adult and the car that he wrecked wasn't registered to you. Consult an attorney in KS to know for sure.
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Your son is of majority age so it is doubtful they would be successful unless there were extenuating circumstances where you are his legal guardian.
The short answer is: no. You are probably not going to be held liable for the damage in as much as you did not authorize, or you were not involved in how your 18 years old son got the car. Your son is consider an adult when he turned 18, so, he may be on his own on how he pays for the damage. Your son friend's parent insurance should cover the damage, but less they are just asking for refund of their deductibles. Call or email me if you have questions at 913 233-2133 or [email protected] It is advisable you hire a local lawyer there in Wichita.
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