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Teenage Driver Accidents

Teenage Driver Accidents

Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 9-Aug-2016

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 teen’s safety.

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 of security.

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.

The 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 with them.

  • 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 responsible adult.
  • 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!

Categories: Auto Accidents