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Interplay Between Pennsylvania Insurance Law And Parental Liability Act For Car Wreck

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Attached is a copy of the link to the opinion from the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in a case involving the interplay of the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law (MVFRL) and Parental Liability Act (PLA). In Franklin v. Dept. of Transp., — A.3d — (Pa.Cmwlth. Jan. 11, 2012) the Commonwealth Court holds that 1772(a) of the MVFRL cannot be used to suspend the operating privileges of a parent found liable under the PLA for property damage her minor son caused to another person’s vehicle after taking the vehicle without the owner’s permission. (This would also apply in a similar fashion if the accident for instance occurred in Harrisburg, Central Pennsyvania or around the Commonwealth and resulted in serious injuries from the car wreck.)

http://www.courts.state.pa.us/OpPosting/Cwealth/out/1385CD11_1-11-12.pdf

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