It is common knowledge that Mississippi teens are more dangerous drivers than those in other demographics. However, did you know that they are also more likely to die in a crash? Personal injury statistics provide sobering news.
Distractions and lack of experience
Teens are much more likely to experience distractions when driving. What’s more, they do not have the experience of taking corrective actions that older motorists rely on. Therefore, they have a likelihood of dying in an accident that is three times higher than that for other age groups.
Boosting safety through vehicle choice
Concerned parents seek out Consumer Reports information that identifies the safest used cars for the younger drivers. In addition to reliability, these vehicles handle crash tests well. When buying a new car, accident-avoidance technology is a desirable feature. However, even these safety features are no guarantee of avoiding personal injury in a vehicular collision.
Helping the teen in the aftermath of an accident
Teens are vulnerable when in an accident. The other driver may blame them for the crash even if it is not their fault. Police officers may have a prejudice against the teen because of age. Nevertheless, they must know that they cannot leave the scene of an accident, that they ought to call 911 if appropriate and that they should try to help the other party when possible.
At the same time, they need to know that they do not have to let the other adults intimidate them. They should not talk to the insurance company alone. Most important, the teen should not accept blame or take responsibility for the crash whether they are at fault or not. If your teen did get into a car accident, it may be a good idea to contact an attorney to protect their rights.