There’s nothing worse than getting the news that someone you love is in danger. It can be even scarier when you know that your child has been in an accident. It’s important to prepare yourself and your family members for the worst-case scenarios. This doesn’t mean that the worst will happen. However, it’s always wise to be prepared. In the case of a car accident, there are a few things that you want your teenager to understand. Be sure to have a conversation about the following four tips for a Teenage car accident guide.
1. Look out for the driver’s license of the other car.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of inconsiderate people in the world. This is how people can justify a hit-and-run car accident. If your child is hit by another car, make sure they know to look for the type of car and the tags of that car. If the person decides to drive away, you’ll have the information to track them down. It’s unfortunate that this is the first instinct for some people, but it’s a great way to make sure that you’re covered. If you need the assistance of a legal team like Sutliff & Stout, you’ll be able to have the information they need to take action.
2. Assess the body for injuries.
Remember that a car can always be replaced. Let your child know that it’s important to check their own body to make sure that they’re okay. If they feel stiffness, pain or discomfort of any kind, they need to take note of it. If it’s something more serious where they are bleeding or feel like they’re losing consciousness, they need to do their best to hold on as long as they can.
3. Call the authorities and parents.
If the teenager assesses the situation and knows that they’re okay, the next step is to call the authorities. Make sure your teenager knows to look around at their surroundings to know where they are. They’re going to need to communicate that information to the authorities. It’s also wise to call the parents so they can know exactly what’s going on. As the parent, it’s your job to remain calm. Don’t lose your cool. Your child is looking to you as a source of safety during a scary incident. Don’t make it worse by losing your cool.
4. Provide necessary information.
In the case of an accident, it’s always wise to keep certain information nearby. When your child first gets the car, make sure to put all of the driver’s information in the glove compartment. It should be easy to access. Information like the car insurance card, tag numbers, and health insurance information need to be readily available. Consider placing it on a sticky note and taping it to the inside of the glove compartment. This way, the child will never lose it. As the information gets updated over time, make sure to update that sticky note with the new information.