Driving Safety Tips for Teens
For many American teenagers, learning to drive is an important rite of passage and stepping stone toward adulthood. However, that doesn’t mean that this step comes without risk. Sadly, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in this country. And unfortunately, teens can pose risks to others as well as themselves when they are behind the wheel of a car.
Local 10 News has reported that a teenager recently surrendered to authorities nearly a year after he allegedly left the scene of a crash that killed a 9-year-old girl. Eight other people were injured in addition to the little girl who died after she was airlifted to Broward Health Medical Center following the early morning crash that occurred last April. The teenager was reportedly driving on a suspended license and speeding alongside his teenage girlfriend who was driving another car when their vehicles collided. The impact of the crash pushed the teenager’s car into a third vehicle, an SUV, and caused it to roll over several times. The little girl who died was inside the SUV along with her five family members.
What Are Driving Safety Tips For Teens?
Because accidents can have such tragic results when teenagers are behind the wheel, it is important to have ongoing conversations with the teenager you love about how to keep him or herself and others safe on the road. While many teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable, risks can only be avoided if teenagers are educated up front on what the risks are. And unfortunately, even education does not mean that every accident will be avoided.
Talk to your teen about safety measures such as:
- Why racing another driver on the road is never a good idea, even if it seems like you have the only two vehicles on that stretch of the road.
- How important it is to refrain from texting and using social media while driving; this should also be demonstrated through your own example.
- The risks of extra passengers and the advantage of keeping passengers to a minimum to help minimize distractions.
- Why drinking and driving don’t mix. This one applies even if you think your teenager would never experiment with alcohol or drugs. Teenagers can be unpredictable.
- The importance of regular maintenance which includes everything from scheduled oil changes to checking fluids and paying attention if a tire has low pressure.
- The fact that in the event of an accident, he or she should call 9-1-1 before doing anything else, even calling you.
Reach Out For Help Today.
Regardless of whether a teen you love has been injured in a car accident or, alternatively, someone you care about has been injured in an accident caused by a teen driver, you may have legal options. If negligence was the cause, then you are entitled to seek compensation for medical bills, property damage and other related expenses. As the Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm, we can help you uncover the circumstances of the accident and pinpoint what – and who – caused the injury or death. Contact us today for help.
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