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BABY, YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR!
September 20, 2011

Parents often ask us: (1) if their child hurts someone in a car wreck, can they be held responsible; and (2) what can they do to protect themselves against individual liability? The answer to the first question is yes, parents can be held personally liable under Tennessee's "family purpose doctrine" if their child causes a wreck while driving a family car. The answer to the second question is more difficult, but with proper planning, parents can reduce the likelihood that they will become the targets of a lawsuit arising out of an automobile accident caused by a child.

Grant Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C., serves clients in Tennessee cities such as Chattanooga, Cleveland, East Ridge, Red Bank, Jasper, Collegedale, Athens, Decatur, Altamont, McMinnville, Manchester, Dunlap, Winchester, Fayetteville, Soddy-Daisy, Etowah, Dayton, Charleston, Tullahoma, Fort Oglethorpe, Dalton, Chatsworth, Calhoun, Summerville, Lafayette, Ringgold, Chattanooga Valley, Chickamauga, Tunnel Hill and Trenton.

Counties: Hamilton County, Bradley County, McMinn County, Sequatchie County, Grundy County, Franklin County, Coffee County, Warren County, Dade County, Catoosa County.

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