No parent wants to think about the possibility of their teen driver being involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, even the safest drivers can find themselves in an unlucky situation involved a motor vehicle collision. If your teen has been injured in a car accident, there are a few things you need to know.
First off, understand that teen driving accidents do happen sometimes. This does not mean the accident was your teen’s fault or that they were being an unsafe driver. Many factors can contribute to car collisions, including faulty vehicles, distracted drivers, drunk drivers, and poor weather conditions. Even the best teens may get in an accident at some point, so try to avoid become angry or frustrated with your child in this type of situation.
It’s also important that you file a police report as soon as possible. Ideally, you should do this at the scene of the accident. Most insurance companies want to see a copy of a police report in order to process any claims for repairs or damages to the vehicle. You may also want to take pictures of the vehicle at the time of the accident that shows the placement of the vehicles. This will help determine which party was at fault.
If your teen was seriously injured in a car crash and the accident was not their fault, they may be entitled to monetary compensation to cover medical bills and emotional damages. In this case, it is absolutely vital that you meet with an attorney as soon as possible who can guide you through the legal process. A personal injury or car accident lawyer can advise you as to what your rights and obligations are during this time.
Your lawyer will work with the other party (or their attorney) to determine whether the case can be settled out of court. Sometimes, you’ll be able to come to an agreement as to how you want the case to be settled. This may come in the form of monetary compensation. If you cannot come to a reasonable agreement, however, you may need to appear before a judge. Your attorney can help represent you and your child in court and will help you get the compensation and the benefits you deserve as the result of this accident.
It’s important not to let your teen suffer in silence. No parent wants to see their child hurt and most are willing to do just about anything to keep them safe, which is why it’s vital that you reach out to an accident attorney as soon as possible. Make sure you bring as much documentation as possible when you meet with your attorney, including the police report, communication from your insurance company, and photographs of the accident itself. Your attorney can help you discover whether you’re entitled to compensation. More importantly, your attorney will help you fight to get what you deserve.
If your child has been injured as the result of a motor vehicle collision, you do have options. Make sure you act as soon as possible to help your child through this time and to begin healing from this experience as a family.