Helping Teen Drivers Stay Safe on the Road this Summer
Teenagers of driving age all over the country look forward to the summer when they get to maximize their time on the road and in pursuit of independence. But unfortunately, the sudden increase of unsupervised time on their hands when schools close for summer break means that teens have many more chances to get into trouble while driving. Generally speaking, car accidents remain a leading cause of death for teen drivers and, unfortunately, half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before they graduate from high school.
A Look at One of the Tragic Results of Teen Driving Accidents
In one tragic story published recently regarding a teenage summertime accident, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that two teenage sisters were fatally injured when the 14-year-old teen driver of the vehicle they were in ran through an intersection and was T-boned by a pickup truck. The truck struck the passenger side of the small sedan and sadly, the North Lauderdale passengers who were just 13 and 16-years-old died from their injuries.
Ensuring You and Your Teen Are Ready for Summer Driving
While you can’t always be with your teen driver when he or she is behind the wheel, you can undertake steps to reinforce safe driving habits. A little planning up front may even spare a teenager you care about from dealing with the consequences of a crash later on. Ensure that you talk about the following:
- The importance of minimizing passengers because they can be a major distraction and can cause an accident.
- Why cell phone use such as texting and social media is not a good idea while driving. Set a good example by refraining yourself.
- Open, honest conversations about drinking and experimenting with drugs and why you should never do so while driving. Even if you don’t think your child would ever test the waters of mind-altering substances, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
- Florida’s unpredictable weather and how to react to sudden changes such as rain storms that can come with the dangers of losing traction and hydroplaning. Explain that if a rainstorm onsets, it’s best to pull over and wait for the storm to pass if at all possible.
- The fact that in the event of an accident, he or she should call 9-1-1 before doing anything else, even calling you, and that leaving the scene of the accident he or she was involved in is never okay.
Reach Out For Help Today
Whether the accident was caused by a negligent teenager or adult, you deserve to pursue damages that can provide for your personal and financial losses. If you or a loved one are injured in a Florida car accident this summer, a local personal injury attorney is your best source of legal advice and guidance about your right to obtain compensation. As the experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys of the Pendas Law Firm, we offer the guidance you can rely on to help you hold the appropriate parties responsible and obtain the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation so we can begin exploring your legal options.
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