Florida parents with a teen who has just obtained a driver’s license may be rightly concerned over their teen’s safety on the road. After all, teens can become negligent or reckless in so many ways and wind up causing a crash, perhaps a fatal one. For every mile traveled, drivers aged 16 and 17 are three times more likely to be in a deadly crash than are adults.
This risk goes up during the summer break. In fact, safety experts have dubbed the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day the “100 deadliest days.” From 2008 to 2018, this period saw more than 8,300 fatalities from collisions involving teen drivers.
Preparing teens for this dangerous time, then, is imperative. Parents must tell their teens about the 100 deadliest days and go over why certain actions, such as texting and driving or neglecting to wear a seat belt, are hazardous. They could also coach their teens in-vehicle; AAA recommends doing this for at least 50 hours.
One good resource that parents can use to learn about negligent driving among teens is the AAA’s Traffic Safety Culture Index. In it, 72% of respondents aged 16 to 18 admitted to unsafe driving in the previous 30 days. Speeding, texting, red-light running, aggressive driving and drowsy driving were frequently mentioned.
Those who survived an accident with a teen driver may be able to receive adequate compensation through their own insurance company. Sometimes, though, a personal injury case may be in order because the PIP insurance will not cover all the losses. Victims who think they have good grounds for a third-party claim may want to consult with a lawyer. They may hire the lawyer for assistance with gathering evidence against the defendant and negotiating a settlement.