With graduation season almost upon us and summer quickly approaching, teen
drivers will be behind the wheel a lot more frequently. They are also
at greater risk for being impaired.
All parents hope that their teens are safe drivers. However, as San Diego
we know that their car accident risk is higher than any other group of drivers, even for those that are considered
In fact, motor vehicle accidents claim the lives of seven teens (aged 16-19)
per day. Hundreds more suffered injuries. Inexperience, distraction, speeding,
and alcohol use can all play a role.
Thankfully, there are steps that parents can take to keep teens safe on
the roads. In fact, many experts believe that parental involvement is
one of the best ways to reduce the risk of a tragic accident. Below are
Give your teen rules and safe ways to practice their driving skills. Teens do learn by watching other drivers and by studying for their permit,
but experience is the best teacher. Practice should not end once the teens
receive a license.
Set rules for the road with a parent-teen driving agreement. The agreement should address issues such as drinking and driving, speeding,
distracted driving, passenger limits, curfews, and seat belt use.
Make sure your teen has a safe way to get home. Teens should know that they can call you for a ride home if they have been
drinking or if the person driving them home has been drinking.
Model safe driving. Children learn from observing their parents, even at a very young age.
Parents can lead by example, by wearing their seat belts, obeying speed
limits, not drinking and driving, and not using a cell phone or texting
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a California car
accident caused by someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to contact
a personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a
free consultation. Relying on more than 30 years of legal experience, we are dedicated to
protecting the rights of California injury victims.