No parent wants to hear that their teenage driver has gotten into a car accident, but it is bound to happen. Teens are notorious for their lack of judgment and their inability to foresee consequences of their actions, which is why it is not uncommon to hear about teenagers getting into car accidents. If your teenager has gotten into an accident, you are probably scared, disappointed or wondering what it means for the future of your child, but that depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident. Instead of panicking, here are some things you should do if your teenager has gotten into a car accident.
The first step you should take after any car accident is making sure everyone is OK. If someone is injured, you should inform your teen to call 911 right away. If nobody has an injury, it is not required that you call 911, but it can be a smart idea.
If your teen is still at the scene of the accident when you are talking to them, tell them not to talk about blame with the other vehicle. This includes them admitting to blame or placing blame on the other vehicle. The car insurance company can use information like that to make decisions that are not in your favor.
You should also encourage your teen to take photos at notes while they are at the scene of the accident. Inform them to take photos of the damage to their car and the other person’s car, the license plates of both vehicles, photos of the scene in general, traffic signs and road conditions. These can be used to help paint a picture for your insurance company. You should also tell your teen to take notes on their phone while they are still at the scene of the accident. Tell them to take notes about the make and model of the other vehicle, the names and contact information of the driver and any passengers of the other vehicle, the date and time of the accident and names and contact information of any witnesses.
Even though it can be a scary experience for both you and your teenager, it is important to stay calm in the event your teen has gotten into a car accident. After the accident, you should contact a skilled Oak Brook car accident defense attorney who can help you with your case. At Myers Law LLC, we understand car accidents are stressful experiences, especially when you are dealing with the legal aspects. Contact our office today by calling 844-984-3529 to set up a free phone consultation.