Car accidents can severely injure a broad array of individuals when they occur, especially teenage drivers who are not as skilled at driving yet. Unfortunately, teenage drivers often carry many passengers, including friends and family members, with them.
These individuals can be very distracting and cause unpredictable accidents. Parents of teens need to understand this situation and how to teach their children to avoid serious distractions that could cause dangerous accidents and serious personal injury lawsuits.
Liability Lies With The Driver Most Responsible
Car accidents have many different possible causes, which is why liability in car accidents can vary wildly depending on the situation. For example, a driver who is distracted by something – including a loud and talkative friend – is liable to drive with less precision than someone who is paying full attention to the road and without a distracting presence next to them.
Distracted driving is a situation that can occur in many different ways. For example, a teen driver may be driving with a romantic partner who is kissing the partner or touching them while they are driving. Even somebody continually talking about personal issues without cessation may be a distraction for the driver, particularly if the driver is relatively new to the difficulties of controlling a vehicle.
Tips For Avoiding Distracted Driving
When your teen is on the road driving, you need to set up safe driving behaviors that helps them better avoid the potential for distracted driving. For example, teens should understand the importance of turning off their phone while they are driving and not answering text messages or making phone calls while they are on the road. Just as importantly, parents need to teach their children how to keep their friends from distracting them while they are on the road.
For example, the child needs to be able to tell their friend to be quiet during challenging driving situations and to avoid distracting or agitating the teenage driver. Agitated drivers are more likely to crash into another driver or even into a parked object if they aren't careful. Teaching a child how to talk to their friends in a constructive way is beneficial, as is talking to a car crash attorney if an accident does occur.
So if your teenager is getting a license soon and you're worried about their friends distracting them while they are driving, please reach out to a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. These experts can better understand not only how to defend your child if an accident occurs but may have tips that minimize distractions as much as possible.