It’s never a bad time to talk to your teen about safe driving. However, right now is a particularly good opportunity because it’s National Teen Driver Safety Week. If you’re looking for a place to start, our attorneys recommend having a conversation about these top teen driver safety tips:
- Always buckle up: Seat belts save lives. They dramatically reduce the risk of death and serious injury in a crash. Remind your teen not to drive until everyone is buckled up.
- Slow down and obey speed limits: Teens are more likely to speed than older drivers. Sometimes, they aren’t doing it intentionally. They lack driving experience and need to be taught how to control their speed to match various traffic and road conditions. Of course, reckless speeding can also be a problem for this age group. Remind your teenager that speed limits exist to keep everyone safe and that speeding is illegal.
- No drowsy driving: A lot of teenagers have busy schedules and active social lives. As a result, there may be times when they don’t get enough sleep. Talk to your teen about the dangers of drowsy driving. Let them know that it’s just as risky as driving drunk.
- Stay off the phone: Keeping up with social media. Managing group texts. Getting calls from friends. Teenagers certainly have a lot of reasons to pay attention to their phones. However, they may need to be reminded that all of those reasons can wait. Using an electronic device while driving is a form of distracted driving that is illegal and deadly.
- No alcohol or drugs: No one should get behind the wheel when they are under the influence. Talk to your teenager about the consequences of intoxicated driving. Let them know that they can call you if they need a ride home after making poor decisions.
- Limit the number of passengers: Passengers are a distraction, especially for new drivers. That’s why there are restrictions on having passengers under Graduated Driver Licensing programs. Even when your teen gets full privileges, you may want to consider setting rules about the number of passengers they can have in their car.
These rules can help address some of the greatest dangers teenage drivers face on the road. However, driving accidents remain a significant concern for young people behind the wheel.
Consider these eye-opening facts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens (15-18 years old).
- 2,042 people were killed in crashes involving a teen driver in 2019.
- Parents can help their teens understand the risks of driving and make safe decisions.
Get Help After an Accident
Not every crash involving a teen driver is the fault of the teenager. Young people are equally vulnerable to accidents caused by the reckless and careless behavior of other motorists.
If your teenager was seriously hurt in a car accident, call 402-371-4300 to schedule a legal consultation at Copple, Rockey, & Schlecht. Our attorneys will explain potential ways to obtain the justice and compensation your family needs to move forward from a tragic event like this one. We proudly serve injured clients from Omaha, Norfolk, Lincoln, and across Nebraska.