if the teenager is driving than they should be held accountable. Teenagers are individual, self thinking people and their parents should not accountable for their mistakes. All you can do is teach your children and hope they make the right choices. When I was a teen, I had a friend who got into a car accident at 17. He had been driving drunk and someone got hurt. His parents were told, by their lawyer, that they could not help him unless they wanted to lose their house and everything they owned because the person who got hurt could have sued them if they helped their son. It was a very painful life lesson although one that made this person who he is.
As parents we are not in the car with our teens all the time and again, while I hope mine makes the right decisions I am not always there to see what he is doing. So no I don't think parents should be held accountable.
at 6:47 AM on Apr. 19, 2011