Memorial Day marks the beginning of the 100 deadliest days for teenagers to travel on Florida roads and others throughout the country. Drivers who are under 18 are three times as likely to get into accidents than other age groups for each mile that they drive. This is partially because they lack the experience that older drivers have behind the wheel. Teenagers are also more likely to engage in dangerous behaviors such as speeding in residential areas or driving while drowsy.
Younger motorists also have a tendency to drive in an aggressive fashion or to use their cell phones while their cars are moving. Parents of young drivers are encouraged to set boundaries for their sons and daughters in an effort to keep them safe. This may include requiring a written contract that outlines what a teen can and cannot do while operating a motor vehicle.
Parents are also encouraged to model appropriate behaviors while they are transporting their kids to the mall or to work. For instance, adults should turn their phones off, observe the posted speed limit and keep their focus on the road at all times. Generally speaking, teenagers are more likely to take their parents seriously when they see that they back up their words with actions. Professionals recommend that teens receive at least 50 hours of supervised driving before going out on their own.
A person who has been hurt in a car accident may experience head, neck and other injuries. Those who are required to miss work or drop out of school because of their injuries may be entitled to compensation. The person who caused a crash may also be required to cover any medical expenses a victim incurs. An attorney may represent a victim’s interests inside or outside of court.