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Wis. bill would cap parent liability for teen drivers

$300,000 Liability Limit

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT/AP) - Parents would be liable for less if their teen crashes a car under a bill making its way through Wisconsin.

The senate approved the legislation Wednesday which limits liability to $300,000.

Right now, children under 18 need a parent or other adult sponsor to sign and verify the driver's licensee.

The sponsor is then responsible for costs that come with an accident such as property damage and medical bills. "If you have insurance that's going to come first, but if you don't have insurance or insurance wasn't enough, the parent is on the hook for the sponsor of the license. With this change, it would put a cap at $300,000," said La Crosse Attorney Brent Smith of Johns, Flaherty and Collins.

The bill is moving onto the Assembly.

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