A recent car accident in St. Petersburg, Florida resulted in tragedy. It also resulted in what should serve as a reminder to us all, that we share a responsibility for others on the road. Having a driver’s license is about more than having the right to drive, it’s about having a privilege and honoring that privilege by driving responsibly. Here’s what you should know about the recent accident and what you should do if you ever find yourself in a similar situation
The accident involved a 17-year-old, a 14-year-old, and an 18-year-old. The vehicle in question veered off the road and was sent crashing into a power pole.
Responders found a tragic scene when arriving at 11th Avenue South to find a number of gravely injured teenagers. When an accident like this occurs, it reminds us all that the future is never a guarantee. One of the passengers was going to graduate from St. Petersburg High School by 2023. Due to the tragic auto accident, that graduation day will never come.
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When responders arrived, they knew that they knew that the situation wasn’t good. The teens who had so many accomplishments to look forward to, died at the scene of the accident. One of the passengers was promptly taken to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, the damage was too great, and they succumbed to their injuries.
A family member spoke out after the accident with a message of caution for teens behind the wheel. They indicated that teens need to understand how dangerous it can be to drive a vehicle, which is a sentiment that countless parents can surely get behind.
While every automobile accident is not preventable, many of them are and the best way to prevent such accidents is to be a responsible driver and know the risks. The more teens that take driving seriously, the better off they and other drivers throughout the state of Florida and the nation will be.
Although getting a driver’s license is certainly an exciting experience, it should never detract from the sense of responsibility that teens should be embracing more seriously. When you’re behind the wheel, there’s danger at every turn, and when you’re struck by a negligent driver, you need to seek compensation for your injuries.
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What You Should Know About Auto Accidents Involving Teens
You can’t always control the actions of others, but you can take precautions to protect yourself in these situations. When you’re involved in a car accident with a teen or young driver, there are certain steps that you should take right away.
Whether the other driver is an adult or a minor, it’s important to have documentation and information about them so that you can proceed with any necessary claims or insurance processes later on.
Check for Damage and Identify the Party at Fault
In the aftermath of the accident, check to see whether any damage or loss was caused by a party you know to be at fault. If you’re unsure of the extent of your damages, consult a mechanic to determine the cost of repairs.
If the other person is at fault for damages or loss to your vehicle, you can ask them to pay for the repairs. Should they refuse, you can take them to court. Likewise, if the other driver caused an injury to yourself or your teenage child, they should be taken to court and sued for damages.
Safety Tips for Teen Drivers
Teens who are behind the wheel of a car are at greater risk for accidents than any other group of drivers. The biggest threat to teen drivers is distractions like cellphones, eating, and drinking. In addition, driving with a tired or distracted driver is always more dangerous than driving with an alert and attentive driver.
Always buckle up, being young doesn’t mean that you should think you’re invincible. Simply wearing a seatbelt is one of the most important things you can do as a teen driver.
Even if it seems really uncomfortable, buckling up every time can save your life. You should never drive when tired or distracted. Take regular breaks when driving long distances. If possible, take at least five to 10-minute breaks every hour to let your body rest and be alert while driving.
When a Florida Teen Under the Age of 18 Causes an Injury in an Auto Accident, Their Parents Are Liable for Damages
When a minor under the age of 18 is at fault in an auto accident that caused injuries to another person, the minor’s parents are liable for any damages that are awarded. This means that even if you don’t want to pursue a civil suit against the minor, you may be able to collect damages from the minor’s parents.
If you’re dealing with a minor who caused an injury in an accident, it’s important to hire an attorney as soon as possible. While it’s common for teens to make mistakes, that doesn’t mean that you’re not entitled to compensation for the damage that you sustained as a result of their poor driving decisions. Dedicated law firms like Anidjar & Levine can help you get fair compensation for any damages you suffered on account of a reckless teenage driver.
If Your Teen Was Injured in an Auto Accident or You Were Injured by a Teen, You Need to Call Anidjar & Levine!
Suffering injuries from a car accident can be a severely traumatic experience which is why you should pursue compensation. The best way to get proper compensation is to contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine and go over the details of your case as soon as possible.
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