A 10 year old North Carolina boy was hit by a Minnesota driver at an Interstate rest-stop, according to KMSP-TV Minnesota. This type of case raises questions about the liability of minors. If a child runs into a street without looking, is the child partly or fully responsible? If the child was partly responsible (contributorily negligent), then the child may not be able to recover even if the driver was negligent.
Children don’t have the same smarts and judgments as adults. Children playing ball will instinctively run into the street to get the ball without thinking about oncoming traffic.
North Carolina divides the child negligence question into three age groups:
Some of the factors used for the latter two groups (children 7-14 and children 14-18) are the child’s intelligence, the child’s experience and the child’s actual age.
Anyone who has been in an accident because of someone’s carelessness or because of a worker’s compensation case, and who has received injuries, needs to have legal help. If a child was involved you need to know the child’s responsibilities. Contact Norfolk Injury Lawyer Joe Miller at www.JoeMillerInjuryLaw.com or 888-694-1671 for more information on how to proceed, how to work with your doctors, and whether you might have a significant recovery coming your way.