Teen Drivers: What to do After a Car Accident

So it’s that time of year again. Summer is here and the kids will be home from school. With the warm weather and more time to spare, many teenagers will be out driving around with friends for most of the summer. With so many activities to enjoy during this time, such as fairs, concerts, and trips to the beach, more drivers are out on the road than usual, which increases the chances of your child being involved in a serious car accident.

In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says, “a higher volume of holiday travelers, including a significantly higher number of alcohol-impaired drivers, cause nearly twice the number of automotive deaths during summer months than during the rest of the year combined.”

With this in mind, it is a good idea to take the time to speak to your teens about safe driving habits and what to do if they have the misfortune of getting into a car accident. If you have teenage drivers in your home, give them the following tips to help guide them through a car accident:

  • After an accident, assess yourself and any passengers in your vehicle for injuries that need immediate medical attention. Don’t exit your vehicle until you are sure you have accounted for every passenger.
  • If anyone in your car has suffered an injury, don’t move your car. Call 911 and get an accident report from police.
  • Turn on your hazard lights so that other drivers on the road know they are approaching an accident scene and need to be cautious. You can also use road flares or traffic cones to mark off the accident scene for other drivers.
  • Do not move the cars that were involved in the accident until the police arrive at the scene and tell you it is okay to do so.
  • Do not make any statements to other drivers, witnesses, or insurance representatives for the other driver without first consulting with an experienced attorney. Never apologize after being involved in a car accident. Doing so can be interpreted as an admission of guilt.
  • Take clear photos of the scene of the accident and all of the vehicles involved, if possible.
  • After you seek medical attention, you, or someone on your behalf, should contact your car insurance company to discuss what steps to take to file an accident or injury claim. Failure to contact your insurance company within 30 days after your accident might result in nonpayment of your medical bills and other accident expenses.

Following these tips can help your teenagers competently handle themselves in an accident situation.

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At Law Offices of Sandra M. Radna, P.C., our skilled attorneys are familiar with all types of car accidents, from side swipe accidents to head on collisions. We have the experience and resources that you need to secure a positive outcome in your car accident case. Proving liability for a car accident can be a complex and tedious task, but we are here to guide you through every aspect of your claim to make sure your legal rights are fully protected.

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