It's normal to have mixed emotions when your child starts driving. On one hand, you no longer have to transport him or her around, and there's another person in the house who can pick up groceries - that is, if you can convince your teenager to stop texting long enough to do it. On the other hand, inexperienced motorists are more likely to crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2013, 177,000 drivers aged 15 to 20 were injured in accidents, and another 1,691 died. Texting, chatting with passengers, speeding - there are countless reasons why young drivers crash. Unfortunately, even responsible teenagers can fall victim to negligent motorists.
If you or your child was injured in a wreck that another driver caused, contact The Finnell Firm. A personal-injury lawyer in Rome will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
The at-fault driver may be liable for medical bills, lost income and non-economic damages. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation. You can also visit http://car-accident.usattorneys.com/ to learn more about car accident injury lawsuits.
5 Safe-Driving Tips Every Teen Should Know
It's no secret that experienced drivers are less likely to crash than newly licensed motorists. The more hours a driver spends behind the wheel, the better prepared he or she will be to identify and avoid dangerous situations. Experienced drivers are also less likely to break traffic laws because they have experienced the consequences of doing so either firsthand or vicariously through the mistakes of friends.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teenage drivers are less likely to recognize road hazards, and they often underestimate the seriousness of dangerous driving situations. Also, teens are more likely than adults to make critical decision errors behind the wheel - such as texting or driving under the influence of alcohol.
As a parent, you can help your teen avoid accidents by sharing these five essential lessons:
1. Follow the Speed Limit: In 2015, speeding contributed to 27 percent of motor-vehicle accident fatalities, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety;
2. Never Tailgate Other Vehicles: Following too closely increases the risk of causing a rear-end accident. This is one of the most common types of collisions, accounting for more than 1.7 million crashes every year;
3. Buckle Up: According to the CDC, at least half of all teens who died in traffic wrecks in 2014 were not wearing their seat belts;
4. Avoid Distracted Driving: Rowdy passengers, cell phones and eating behind the wheel can all take your teen's eyes off the road long enough to cause a serious collision; and
5. Maintain Your Vehicle: The side of a busy highway is a dangerous place to break down. Your teen can avoid this situation by performing regular maintenance on his or her vehicle.
If you or your child was injured by a negligent driver in Georgia, contact a Rome car accident attorney from The Finnell Firm. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free initial consultation.