Teenage driver safety is an important part of preventing car crashes.
A child’s sixteenth birthday is the stuff of nightmares for most parents. While it marks the end of giving your teen rides to the movie theater, it also means they’re on the road all by themselves and there’s no amount of security cameras that can allow you to ensure that they’re driving safely at all times. Some parents panic every time their child calls, wondering if they’re calling to tell them that they got into a car accident. If you have teenage drivers it may be a good idea to make sure they’re taking reasonable precautions to prevent car accidents before you hand them the keys to their first car.
Prevent Car Accidents by Modeling Good Behavior
You can help your teenager prevent car accidents by modeling good behavior. Obviously, you abstain from reckless driving, especially when your kids are in the car. And it probably goes without saying that drunk driving isn’t ever a good idea. However, it’s also a good idea to abstain from distracted driving as well. We all know it’s harmful, but many people succumb to the temptations of their smartphones. If you’ve got a teenage driver, resist these temptations at all costs and set a good example. Model good behavior by following the posted speed limit. Though many people drive a few miles over the speed limit, it’s never a good idea to do that in residential areas, school zones, parking lots, or any area that attracts a lot of pedestrians. It may also be a good idea to have a first aid kit in the car that can treat minor injuries. Make sure your child knows where it is, and how to use the items in it.
Encourage the Right Thing
Stress that integrity is of the utmost importance. If your child is involved in a car crash, make sure that they understand that they need to stay on the scene of the car accident. In some cases, the driver flees the scene of the car accident because they are afraid that they’ll get in trouble with the police, or that they’ll have to pay for property damage. Remind your child that the insurance company will generally take care of the property damage that occurs in a car accident. Furthermore, they could be in serious trouble if they leave the scene of a car accident, especially in the case of fatal accidents, or accidents that involve severe injuries.
Do Your Teens Know What to Do After a Car Crash?
If your teenager is in a car accident, it’s important that they know what to do. Teach them that after coming to a stop, the first thing they need to do is check for injuries. If they or any other individuals (drivers and passengers) involved have sustained severe injuries, they may need to call 911 for help. As previously mentioned, make sure your teen understands that they need to stay at the scene of the car accident. Teach your teen where the insurance information is located in your car, and why it’s important to provide that to officers at the scene. When speaking with the police or the insurance, make sure your teen knows that it’s important to be honest. If the police or insurance adjuster asks them a question, and they don’t know the answer, make sure they know it’s okay to say, “I don’t know” as opposed to guessing. Lastly, it’s important that your teenager understands that if they’re injured in a car accident, they can work with an experienced car accident attorney without having to pay anything upfront.
Do Your Teens Know What Not to Do?
Maybe your teens know what to do after a car accident. But do they know what not to do after a car accident? First, don’t ever admit fault for a car accident, even if you think the car accident might have been your fault. Let your insurance company work with the other driver’s insurance company to determine who is the at-fault party in the car accident. If the other driver pressures you to take responsibility for the car accident, you may decide to tell them that you’d rather leave that up to your insurance company. Speaking of your insurance company, you should never say you’re not injured, even if you don’t feel injured in the moments after. You may not feel like you’re injured at the scene of the car accident, but you may start to show signs of injury a few hours or days later. When those injuries do set in, and you need to work with a Utah car accident lawyer to get financial compensation for your medical bills, you may have a more difficult time getting the maximum compensation if you’ve already said you’re not injured.
When You Need Help Recovering after a Utah Car Accident
If you’ve been injured in a Utah car accident, you need a Utah car accident lawyer who’s willing to do what it takes to get you the compensation you need for your medical bills. At Moxie Law Group, we’ve got a team of car accident attorneys who can help you obtain the best outcome possible. If you’ve suffered injuries in a Utah car accident, don’t wait until the last minute to speak with a car accident attorney! At Moxie Law Group, we offer a free consultation to all potential clients. This way, you don’t have to pay anything upfront to get started on your personal injury claim. If you’re ready to file your personal injury claim, contact Moxie Law Group for your free consultation.