As a driver, you are required to share the roads with many other vehicles. This includes student drivers who are only just learning how to operate a car. Unfortunately, just like with anyone else behind the wheel, you may end up in an accident with a student driver. If you’ve never been in such a situation, you may wonder how to handle this type of collision.
Who is Responsible?
Generally, there are different situations that can determine who is responsible when an accident involving a student driver ensues. It’s important to examine the circumstances closely. If you suffer a personal injury and vehicle damage after being hit by a student driver, the claim can be brought against the driving instructor, the driving school, or even the student driver.
Student Driver is at Fault
Student drivers are novices behind the wheel, so they are naturally inexperienced at operating a car. At the same time, they are also required to drive safely on roads. If a student driver ignores the road rules, speed limits, and other laws, they can be found liable for an accident due to negligence. Depending on the person’s age, a claim can be filed against them or their parents.
Driving Instructor at Fault
Driving instructors are required to be aware of any dangerous driving or hazards on the road and take control if there is a problem. If they fail to perform the duties that are expected of them, and an accident occurs while a student driver is behind the wheel, they can be held liable.
Driving School at Fault
In some situations, you may be able to file a claim for personal injury against the driving school in addition to the student driver or driving instructor. This usually applies when the vehicle involved in the accident is owned by the school, if the school hired an instructor who is irresponsible or if the vehicle in question was not properly maintained.
Important Steps After an Accident with a Student Driver
After you have been involved in a car accident with a student driver, you should take the same steps as you would after any road accident. You will want to exchange information with the student driver, instructor, and the driving school and get the names and contact information of witnesses as well as their statements.
Contacting the police is vital as it ensures an accident report will be made and can be used as evidence to back up your claim. You should also take pictures of the scene of the accident, including the damage to the vehicles and skid marks on the road.
Finally, it is essential to immediately contact an attorney if you have been injured in an accident with a student driver. If you are in Florida, Harmon Parker is there to protect your interests. The firm will give you the opportunity to consult with experienced Florida auto accident attorneys who can help you with your case.
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