All Teenagers Need to Know What to do after a Car Accident

Updated: Jul 27

Having the ability to drive is a big part of a teenager's life. They hold their license like a badge of honor. Although, for the parents of those teenagers that license can be a nightmare. Especially when parents look at the stats put out by the CDC relating to car accidents with teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19. Teenagers are at high risk level because they are novice drivers and they tend to be more distracted by their smartphones.

Because accidents are more common among teenagers, it is important to give them the tools they need to drive safely and teach them what needs to be done if they get into an accident.

6 Tips to Teach Your Teen How to Handle a Car Accident

Tell them to Relax:

Since driving is so new an accident is definitely going to shake your teenager. Their natural response to the incident will be to panic, therefore reminding them to breathe and stay calm is important.

Have an Emergency Kit

If you have a small box you can put in your teenagers glove compartment. Explain to them to get all of the information they need on a small sticky note. List that they need to get the person’s insurance and ID information. Also include a first aid kit and important phone numbers.

Safety is First

Make sure your child knows that your priority is their safety. They will probably be more worried that you are mad then anything else, so assure them it will be ok. Then in a calm tone of voice instruct them to call 911. Even if the accident is minor you need a police report. Then tell them if it is possible to move the car out of the way of traffic, do so.

Document and Explain

Have your child explain to you the whole situation and take photos of the scene. Tell them they can also share their information with the other individual involved such as their name and insurance. Beyond that they do not need to give any additional information. Finally if your teen is at fault instruct them to say nothing.

Once the cops arrive

When the cops arrive they will file a police report and once that is done they are free to go.

The After Effects

If anyone was even slightly injured it's important that they get medical attention immediately. This is pertinent to their health as well as if you are going to make a case. A lot of the injuries from car accidents aren't felt till days later to the flow of adrenaline in the body. Therefore it is always good to get checked out after an accident.

The next thing, although it may be difficult for your teen is for them to write down exactly what happened while it is fresh in their minds. All pieces of information gathered will only help your case. Lastly, make sure the case was made with your insurance and that your teen gets some rest.

Do I need an Attorney?

If your teen was injured in the accident caused by someone else's negligence call an experienced personal injury attorney, like those here at Demesmin and Dover Law Firm. We can help you through the process and ensure that your teen is in good hands. Call us today for your free consultation and our team of accident attorneys will see exactly how they can help you!

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