The truth is, no matter how safe they think they drive, teenagers cause a majority of the accidents that occur each year. As the parent of a teenager, this is enough to keep you up at night. All too often you hear of teenagers injuring themselves and causing accidents on I-95, Route 72, and PA 501, and you hope this never happens to your child.
Although you believe your teenager is responsible and will exercise caution when driving, you can never know for sure. All you can do as a parent is provide him with the information he needs to make good choices and to do what he can to stay safe.
Tips That May Keep Him Safe
Never assume that your teenager knows what to do, and what not to do, when behind the wheel. Instead, reiterate the importance of safe driving by teaching him these tips:
- Obey the rules of the road. Speeding and driving aggressively are always tempting, especially for teenage drivers. Doing so, however, is extremely dangerous and can cause a serious car accident. Teach your teenager to obey safe driving laws, or take away his driving privileges if he cannot.
- Never text and drive. Teenagers are notorious for texting, and unfortunately, many do so when operating vehicles. Texting takes their eyes off of the road, their focus away from driving, and their hands off the steering wheel, which is a deadly combination. Let your teen know just how dangerous texting and driving really is.
- Never drink and drive. Teen drinking and driving is a dangerous and real threat. Getting behind the wheel when intoxicated is never worth the risk. Make sure your teen knows the alternatives to drinking and driving, such as calling a cab or asking a responsible driver for a ride.
Call Us If the Unthinkable Occurs
No matter how safe of a driver you are, you can still become the victim of an accident. If this happens to your teen, the attorneys of Schmidt Kramer may be able to help.
Contact us today through our online form or website chat feature to find out how we may be able to get you the compensation you deserve.