If you have a teenage son or daughter who recently received their driver’s
license, there is a strong possibility that you are concerned about your
If you believe that your son or daughter is a “very good” driver
who is extremely cautious on the road, you may be feeling a false sense
Why do we say this? Because, the facts don’t lie. According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the #1 threat to teens’
safety is either driving or riding in a car with another teenage driver.
CDC reports that each year, over 2,000 teens are killed in
car crashes in the United States – amounting to six teens per a day. Parents
may be quick to believe the cause of these accidents is drunk driving,
texting while driving or speeding but statistically these accidents are
caused by driver inexperience.
Even if your child obeys the traffic laws, it does not mean that they know
how to handle debris on the roadway, construction, a pedestrian darting
in the road, or another unexpected surprise.
Educating Your Teen Driver
Parents are the key to educating teens about driving safety. Below is a
list of few tips help protect your teen and others who share the road
- Supervise your teen behind the wheel for 30 to 50 hours over a six-month
period before they drive alone.
- Make sure that your teen practices on different types of roads, day and
night, and in different weather conditions while a with a parent or other
- Stress the importance of NOT texting while driving or using their cellphone.
- Teach your teen NOT to ride with friends who have been drinking.
- Make sure your teen always wears their seat belt, no exceptions.
- Discuss defensive driving tactics for avoiding debris or other unexpected
objects in the road.
- Discuss what to do if the car hydroplanes or starts to fishtail.
The crash risk for teens is at its highest in the first year after the
teen receives their driver’s license and only increases when teens
drive with other teenagers in their car.
How We Can Help
It is important to understand, being inexperienced doesn’t necessarily
make your teen at fault for their injuries in a crash. If your teen was
injured in a car crash that you believe was caused by the negligence or
recklessness of another driver, you should contact The Weinstein Firm,
LLC as soon as possible. Our Atlanta auto accident attorneys can gather
the information regarding your case and let you know if you could receive
compensation to help pay for your teen’s injuries. We work on a
contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay us a thing unless we
win your case.
You’ve got nothing to lose. Give us a call (404) 566-7009!