Generally speaking, teenage drivers first take to the road with an instructor in a driver’s education vehicle. Most of these drivers are also uninsured and unlicensed. Establishing liability in auto collisions with a student driver can be complicated, to say the least.
Depending on the situation, there are three main ways to receive compensation in the case of an accident. Insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits can be filed against the driver, the instructor or the driving school.
Filing a claim against a student driver is the best option if an accident was caused by carelessness on the part of the driver. In Utah and elsewhere, as far as automotive mishaps with student drivers are concerned, this is the most common form of auto accidents.
Filing a claim against the instructor occurs when the accident was perpetuated by the instructor’s negligence. Teachers are trained to handle emergency situations and lack of action can unjustly cause accidents.
A claim against the school would usually include an accident caused by defective vehicles or the formal hiring of an untrained instructor. This is the least common kind of lawsuit.
At Robert J. Debry, we’re entirely dedicated to helping victims here in Utah, regardless of situation. We offer free legal consultations and will do all that we can to help the afflicted receive rightful compensation for accidents involving student drivers.