Q: My 17 year old son took a truck and hit another car. Then left the scene. The other couple has liability what do we do.
He was charged and does have a job. We have had way to many issues with him. Does he have to pay this or what are our options we cannot pay all of the estimate in one try.
A: The facts are not clearly stated, which makes answering your question difficult. I have been a lawyer for thirty-six years and a father for longer than that. Here is my advice: 1. Yes, he has to pay. 2. Make him get a job and repay anything you have to pay on his behalf. 3. Ground him and take away his license for some length of time. 4. Do not put the title to the car he drives in your name. Instead, record a lien in your favor, on the title itself. 5. Take away his keys to the car until he settles down. Bad things come in threes. 6. Making mistakes is a valuable part of growing up; when they are making mistakes hopefully they are learning and developing character. Leaving the scene does not show solid character, it shows the opposite. What was he thinking? Have you asked him? I see you have had "way too many issues with him". This is a sign he is not listening. Again, take away his driving privileges.
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