Steering Your Teen Away from Unsafe Driving

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Do you remember the first time you gave your teenager the car keys?  There was no doubt; you were nervous. You did everything you could to steer them towards safe driving practices. You taught them the ways of the road during your required 50 hours of practice, covering the knacks of the steering wheel and how to be wary of pedestrians. Still though, this practice did not wash away the pangs of fear due to the anticipation of them driving solo.

These fears are not unwarranted. According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, car crashes are the leading cause of death and serious injury for teenagers in Washington State.

 According to the Washington State Collision Data Summary for 2012, the leading causes of collisions were speeding, failure to yield, distracted driving, and following too closely. These are some of the easiest mistakes for any driver to make, especially new drivers.  According to the CDC, teenage drivers are more likely than older drivers to speed. They are also more likely to follow the car in front of them too closely.

Like you, at McMenamin & McMenamin, PC, the last thing we want to receive is news of your teen’s accident.  To avoid this, you want to prepare your children as best as possible. The CDC offers some advice to parents of new drivers in the hopes of lowering the amount of teen car accidents.   They suggest creating a teen-parent driving agreement. Some things you may put on the agreement include:

  • Always wearing a seatbelt
  • Stay within the speed limits
  • Never using a cellphone, eating, or drinking while driving
  • Driving only when alcohol and drug free

If your teen, yourself, or your loved one gets into a car accident and sustain injuries, be sure to call an experienced personal injury attorney.
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Personal injury attorney Pat McMenamin grew up in Silverdale, Washington. He is an Eagle Member of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association and was recently designated a “Rising Star Attorney” by Washington Law & Politics Magazine. Pat McMenamin's Google+ Profile

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