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Teens and post-car accident steps

On Behalf of | Jan 9, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Avoiding a car accident is not always possible, as even experienced drivers may be involved in a collision. Teenage drivers might find themselves in greater danger on Florida roads since their lack of experience may put them at risk. This might carry over onto the post-collision scene, as a young person may panic after a crash. So, adults should impress the importance of handling an accident properly.

Teens and accidents

Parents and guardians may impress upon their teens all the appropriate steps to take when involved in a collision. Telling teens not to flee the accident scene could keep them out of legal trouble. Hit-and-run charges may reach felony levels. If the young person understands the fundamental steps to deal with another driver after a crash, the situation might resolve with less conflict and legal woes.

Teens should understand they may exchange insurance and driver’s license information with the other party. Telling the teen to call the police to procure an accident report and go to a healthcare facility to treat injuries might be helpful. Adults could inform the young person to avoid admitting fault or saying too much at the accident scene. Sometimes, the other driver might be at fault but attempts to deflect blame onto the other party. Contacting the police and letting them handle the situation may benefit the teen.

Teens and liability

At-fault parties could face civil lawsuits after motor vehicle accidents. In some situations, an at-fault teen’s parents may face civil claims. If the parents gave the teen permission to drive their car, liability might extend to the parents. Adults who provide underage teens with alcohol could face the consequences after a DUI crash.

Of course, the teen might be the victim of another driver’s negligence. No matter who is at fault, an insurance claim might settle things.

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