Between 2008 and 2018, the 100 deadliest days saw more than 8,300 fatalities stemming from accidents with teen drivers. Parents can do a lot to prepare their teens for this season and thus reduce the number of deaths. First, parents should ensure that they set an example as safe drivers.
Next, parents can talk to their teen about the dangers of speeding, impaired driving and neglecting seat belts. Parents could consult the AAA’s recent Traffic Safety Culture Index, a nationwide survey of drivers’ behaviors and attitudes. Seventy-two percent of respondents aged 16 to 18 admitted to unsafe driving in the past 30 days with 47% saying they sped in a residential area, 40% saying they sped on the highway and 35% confessing that they texted.
AAA recommends that parents supervise their teens’ driving in-vehicle for at least 50 hours. The organization offers a free guide with lesson plans that make the educational process smoother.
In the event that motor vehicle accidents arise because of a negligent or downright reckless teen driver, victims may be able to seek compensation for their injuries. Under Tennessee’s modified comparative negligence rule, they simply have to be less than 50% to blame. Even if they shared none of the blame, though, victims may find it hard to negotiate alone with the auto insurance companies, so they may think about hiring a lawyer for advice and representation.