Everyone knows that sometimes accidents just happen. One of the best things parents or guardians can do to prepare their teens for a safe experience on the road is to be honest and realistic. There is nothing we can do to prevent all traffic mishaps; however, being prepared in case of an accident is crucial so that you and your child are ready if and when a crash occurs.
In fact, according to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015, six youth between the ages of 16-19 died daily from auto accidents.
“2,333 teens in the United States ages 16–19 were killed and 235,845 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes” This source and more facts can be found on their Teen Drivers Factsheet.
Help by Being Prepared
Equip your child to understand the steps to take in the case of an accident including:
- Never leaving the scene of an accident unless instructed to do so by police
- Move out of the way of traffic if possible – use safety cones or flares if needed
- Call 911 immediately, especially in the case of injuries
- Document the accident, such as writing down what happened and taking pictures
- Exchange contact information with the other driver, including insurance information
Keep a safety/tool kit in the trunk of your teen’s vehicle, and educate them on the proper procedures for changing a tire, checking engine fluids, obeying traffic signs, and respecting other drivers. Make sure your child is aware of the safest places to pull off the road in case of an emergency, and teach them practical ways to call for/ go get help if necessary. These skills could save your teenager’s life.
Make sure your child knows who to contact and how to contact them in the case of an emergency, and that their insurance and registration is up to date.
As the parent of a new driver, it is also wise to keep yourself abreast of any and all necessary information regarding updated traffic laws, changes to road safety measures, car regulations, and the like. Having a trustworthy lawyer in case of an accident is another great way to take preventative measures to guard against the potentially life-changing effects of a car wreck.
We Can Help
With over twenty years of experience, Simon Law Group would like to earn your trust as a local personal injury lawyer. We are here to support you in getting the money you need to take care of yourself (and/or your loved ones) after an accident. If you have any questions, would like to discuss your case, or are wondering what you could potentially expect from your personal injury claim settlement, feel free to contact us at (480)-745-2450 to schedule your free consultation.
And remember, experience matters!