Car accidents are the leading cause of death for Iowa teens. Drivers between the age of 16 and 19 are three times more likely to die in a fatal car accident than adults. While teens face the same driving hazards as adults, they lack the experience and judgment to safely deal with these hazards. Some reasons that teens are more likely to be involved in a fatal accident are:
- Teens have less driving experience.
- Teens tend to underestimate dangerous situations.
- Teens are less likely to use seat belts.
Parents can help prevent Iowa teen driving accidents. Here are some tips from our Cedar Rapids car accident attorneys.
- Practice driving with your child. You probably drove with your teen when she was practicing for her license. Don’t stop. Check in every once in a while to make sure that she’s practicing good driving habits.
- Set a good example. If you tend to check your email while driving, your teen will see this as permission to do the same.
- Have your teen earn privileges. Don’t give your child too many driving privileges at once. Let her earn new privileges by showing she is safely handling those she has already been given.
- Talk to other parents about teen driver safety. Know their rules before you decide who your child can ride with.
Unfortunately, even the safest teen drivers can be injured in an Iowa car accident. Don’t let your teen be blamed for an accident that she didn’t cause. Learn how to protect her rights in our free book, The Ultimate Guide For Automobile Accident Victims. To discuss your own case, contact the Cedar Rapids car crash lawyers at Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.