In 2010, car crashes were the leading cause of death among U.S. teenagers, with the total number of deaths numbering 3,115. Additionally, statistics showed that 16-year-olds had the highest crash rates among drivers of any age and that 59 percent of teenage passenger deaths occurred in vehicles with another teenager as the driver. If you are injured by a teenager, you may be able to sue a number of parties, including the teenager, the teen’s parents, and in certain instances, other parties whose actions may have contributed to the harm.

Suing the teen
There is a common misperception that juveniles cannot be sued for their wrongful actions. Under Colorado law, however, juveniles may be sued for their negligent or reckless acts if they are licensed by state government to act in an adult capacity (e.g., they possess a driver license).

Suing the teen’s parents
Colorado law has adopted a standard known as the “family car doctrine,” which allows parents to be held liable for their children’s car accidents if the parents knew of and consented to the teen’s use of the car.

Suing a bar that served alcohol to the teen
If the teenager was drunk at the time of the accident, you may be able to sue the person or establishment that illegally served the teen under Colorado’s dram shop law.

If you or a family member is injured by a teenage driver, contact an experienced personal injury firm. Bell & Pollock is one of the preeminent plaintiffs’ personal injury firms in Colorado, with more than 20 years of experience helping injured Colorado car accident victims receive the compensation that they deserve.

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CASE: Client was injured by a drunk driver. As a result of the motor vehicle accident, client was rendered a quadriplegic and needed a life care plan.
Outcome: $9,600,000

CASE: Against Insurance company for failure to pay for property damage after a gas and fire explosion.
Outcome: $1,600,000

CASE: Medical malpractice for failure to diagnose a descending aorta aneurism, resulting in death.
Outcome: $1,300,000

CASE: Neck and back injuries from car accident. Client had ongoing symptoms and needed injections for attempted remediation of pain.
Settled for $485,000

CASE: Client was injured in a 2 vehicle collision. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, concussion and multiple injuries to the neck.
Outcome: $6,000,000

CASE: Client was in her car and was T-Boned by a commercial vehicle. Her cerebral spinal fluid leaked and she suffered a concussion and traumatic brain injury with neck and lumbar (low back) injuries. Her neck injury caused radiating pain, numbness and tingling in her arms.
Outcome: $3,400,000

CASE: Client was driving on a rural road when another car crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision in the snow and ice. Client did physical work for a living. Both knees were injured, along with a neck injury.
Outcome: $2,300,000

CASE: Client was driving on South Parker road when another vehicle rapidly changed lanes and rear-ended the client. That vehicle was cited for careless driving. The collision caused a concussion with traumatic brain Injury. Client missed time from work and had a positive correlation between bra