Girl Sues Parents after Drunk Driving Accident

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 by 1 Comment
Girl Sues Parents after Drunk Driving Accident

This is one of those stories that I had to really think about in order to form an opinion.

A 12 year old girl in Ireland, Faith Carberry, has filed a lawsuit against her parents after she was badly injured in a drunk driving accident. Her mother was driving the car, which belonged to the girl’s dad. There were two children killed in the accident and two children injured.

Apparently Ms. Carberry was an alcoholic and, although she had been banned from driving by the court, was driving drunk.

Faith suffered spinal injuries and also attended therapy to help her deal with her sister’s death. Several years later, her grandfather helped her to file a lawsuit against both of her parents for physical and psychological damage.

Faith Carberry’s father was estranged from her mother at the time, but the lawsuit claims he shares the responsibility because he provided Ms. Carberry with an automobile. The suit was later settled, but the amount wasn’t released.

I can’t decide how I feel about this. I am not sure that I am o.k. with a child being able to sue her parents, although I totally agree that the mother was at fault.

I dislike the idea that government is increasingly encroaching on property that should be entirely in the parents’ domain. While I can see reasons for this suit, I have to ask myself what kind of precedent it sets up and where it will lead in the future.

Will children be able to sue their parents for taking them out of their school to move across country, sending them to their rooms without dinner, or other things?

This was serious, no doubt about it, but is it a good idea to call in the court? What are your thoughts?

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  • Julie C.

    I don’t know. If a parent is committing a crime (driving while drunk) and injures people because of it, I don’t know if I see a problem with the daughter reporting it. Maybe suing is going too far, but telling the authorities her mother was drunk is a brave act for a young person.