Student drivers, while often accompanied by experienced and professional driving instructors, can pose a serious risk on the roadway; due to inexperience. As a result, most drivers on the roadway exercise great caution when driving near student drivers. Despite this, accidents involving student drivers still occur.
If you have been involved in an accident with a student driver, you can pursue compensation through several avenues. For example, you can request compensation from the student driver, the driving instructor, and in some cases, the driving school.
What to Do After an Auto Accident With a Student Driver
After an accident with a student driver, follow the same protocol as you would after any other auto accident. First, check your passengers for any injuries. If severe injuries exist, call 911 immediately.
If no injuries were sustained, and all involved vehicles are operational, move to a safe location; avoiding the obstruction of traffic while you document any damages, and exchange information with all involved drivers. In this instance, you will want not only the student driver’s information but also the driving instructor’s and driving school’s contact information.
If the police are not already on the scene, call your local police department and file an official police report. Note that each state has different laws and regulations pertaining to when you must report an auto accident to the police. Make sure you are familiar with your state’s laws regarding the matter.
Filing a Claim Against Student Drivers
If the student driver is at-fault for your auto accident, you can seek compensation directly from the student’s insurance; as student drivers have a legal obligation to obey traffic laws and practice safe driving behaviors. If the student driver does not have an insurance policy, you can pursue compensation through their parent or legal guardians’ auto insurance.
Filing a Claim Against The Driving Instructor
After an accident with a driving student, you may be able to receive compensation from the driving instructor. Driving instructors have an obligation to safely teach new drivers how to operate a motor vehicle and to intervene in an emergency situation. Failing to do so, may result in a negligence claim against the driving instructor. If you decide to make a claim against the driving instructor, this claim will usually be processed through their business insurance.
Filing a Claim Against the Driving School
You can file a claim against a driving school after an auto accident if they carelessly hired a poor driving instructor; failed to provide the proper training to the driving instructor; provided the student driver with a faulty vehicle, resulting in the auto accident.
A driving school must provide the proper training to its employees and ensure all employees hold the proper certifications. If the school is found to have hired an instructor lacking the proper qualifications, that is an act of negligence on their part.
Furthermore, if the student driver’s car suffered a serious defect; resulting in an auto accident, you may be able to pursue compensation from the driving school. Driving schools must provide their students with vehicles that both meet their state’s safety laws and are road-safe.
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