Parents can be sued for injuries caused by their children. For instance, where a man was injured by a boy riding a bicycle, he was able to sue the boy’s father for failing to control his child. This ruling was issued by the Montana Supreme Court.
In the case, the injured man claimed that the child was riding his bike in a crowd when he collided with the injured man. The father argued that he did not have a duty to protect the injured man from his child’s course of actions. But the court disagreed.
It explains that parents are liable where their own failure to exercise reasonable care results in the child injuring a third party. In reaching the holding the court cited similar decisions from California, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma. The case was entitled Crisafulli v. Bass. It was decided in 2001.
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