Letting a teen out on the road for the first time can be stressful. They are just learning the rules of the road and can easily become distracted. Because of this, teens are more susceptible to accidents than other drivers. In fact, a teen driver is 10 times more likely to be in a crash in their first year on the road. For those who have a teen driver about to be on the road, accidents are something that may have to be dealt with. Here are three things to consider when it comes to teens and car accidents:
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
After a car accident, many teens begin to panic. Staying calm and seeking medical treatment immediately is key. Even if the accident is minor, there can still be impacts down the road. Staying calm and documenting any injuries is a must for any teen driver. They should also have up to date medical insurance and auto insurance information on them at all times. Teens should also have a way to document their injuries and damage to the car. A camera or a cell phone kept on the teen or in the car can be a big help after a car accident.
Even Minor Incidents Need To Be Reported
After an auto accident, it may be tempting to leave without reporting the incident or exchanging information. However, even a minor accident can leave damage to the driver or the car that's not immediately apparent. Teen drivers need to know that it's imperative to report the accident to police and to exchange information after the accident occurs. Notes and pictures after an accident are a must. Dash cams can also be a great resource for teen drivers since they record video of what happened during the accident. Dash cams cost between $60 and $150.
Consult With A Car Accident Attorney
No matter who is at fault or the severity of the accident, it's a good idea to consult with a car accident attorney after the accident has taken place. An attorney can help determine whether or not compensation should be sought out and they can help with any claims from the accident. Often if the driver is seeking damages, attorneys will charge a contingency fee that ranges from 25 to 40 percent of the settlement. Attorney fees and retainers can vary in cases where the teen driver is at fault. Either way, an attorney can be a great help when it comes to protecting the teen driver who was in the accident.
Teens who are just learning to drive are at a higher risk for accidents than other drivers. If a teen is in an accident, it's important to seek medical attention immediately. Teens should also be aware that even minor incidents should be reported to the authorities and proper documentation of these incidents is a must. It may also be necessary to consult with a car accident attorney in order to best protect the teen's interests.