Parents and the public in general spend a lot of time explaining safety rules for teen drivers, warning them about hazards, avoiding texting, and encouraging them to get experience. What they do not mention in these awareness campaigns is what to do after a car accident happens. According to the Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition, there are more than 800,000 registered drivers in the state aged 15 to 19 years old. On average, these motorists cause around 84,000 traffic crashes, resulting in 350 fatalities. The highest collision rates in Florida are in the 18 to 19 age group, while nationally the age is 16 to 17.
These statistics are horrifying for parents, but there is the aftermath of the crash to consider when you are not present. Your child is hurting, confused, and overwhelmed by the chaos. You no doubt have stressed all the safety recommendations and implemented rules to avoid them, but you must also prepare teen drivers for what to do after a Miami car accident.
You should instruct your child to use their cell phone to call 911, even when they might not be hurt badly. Adrenaline is flowing and injuries can sneak up later, so your teen may not even realize the trauma. By dialing 911, you get first responders on the way to handle medical needs, and officers will arrive to investigate the crash.
Seek Medical Care
It is important to explain to your child what to do if first responders do not transport your teen for emergency care. If you are available, you can assist. However, your child may need to make a decision regarding medical treatment. Getting proper care is always critical, but describe your teen’s choices:
- The ER is for life-threatening injuries, excessive bleeding, loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, and related medical emergencies.
- An urgent care center is appropriate for same-day injuries, such as cuts that require stitches.
Driver’s ed may teach teens about the laws for stopping and exchanging contact details with other motorists, but there are additional tips to note. You should tell your child to provide information as required, including auto insurance. However, make sure your teen knows to keep the conversation brief. Do not talk to other drivers about fault, how the accident happened, or whether something your teen did caused the crash.
Depending on the injuries, it may be possible for your child to collect important facts while at the scene. Have your teen grab the cell phone camera to capture photos of:
- The intersection;
- Traffic signs, lights, and lane markings;
- Skid marks or other indications of a collision; and,
- Damage to vehicles.
Contact a Miami Car Accident Attorney for Help With Legal Remedies
These tips will help your teen cope with the chaos after an auto crash, as they protect your child’s health and legal rights. For more information, please contact Gerson & Schwartz, PA at (305) 371-6000 or go online to set up a free care review with an experienced Miami traffic collision lawyer.