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4 Steps to Take after Your Teen Has Been Involved in a Car Accident

One of the worst things a parent can go through is their teen being involved in a car crash, with injuries or casualties. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that teen drivers aged 16 to 19 years old are three times as likely to be involved in a fatal auto accident than drivers who are aged 20 years of age or older. If you and your teen are together at the time of an auto accident, follow the next few steps to make sure that you are both okay.

Get Proper Medical Attention

It’s important that you and your teeth both get proper medical attention first hand. Even if your teeth seem to be alright, you should head directly to your primary care physician after the accident. Especially, if you teen has suffered a more dramatic injury, such as a concussion, internal bleeding, or whiplash, symptoms aren’t always clearly noticeable. Visiting the doctor and/or local hospital means you can get the medical care you need without increasing your risk of further injury.

Take Plenty of Photos and Notes

If you can, takes as many photos and take as many notes as you can. Try snapping a picture of the other party’s license plate and any damage done to the cars at the scene of the accident. However, you should also take photos of the road itself, traffic signs, the scene of the accident, and what direction every vehicle was driving. It may not seem too much at first, but it will be important to your claim down the line.

Next, you should remember to take notes on your phone and write down as many details as you can, such as the date and time of the accident, location of the accident, the make and year of every car at the accident, the local weather conditions, the road conditions, your driving speed, the other drivers and passenger names, witness names and contact info, as well as the police names and badge numbers.

Report the Claim to Your Insurance

It’s important that your teen reports their car accident to their insurance provider immediately. This way, your claim can be processed as quickly as possible. However, if you don’t report your claim as soon as possible, your insurance provider may deny your claim. Your insurer will need to know basic information about the accident, such as who was involved, where it happened, and when it happened. Remember, never admit fault, this can ruin your claim.

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer

After your teen is in a car accident, you should also consider whether or not you need to hire a lawyer. You can make sure to protect your child’s rights, determine the exact cause of the crash, contact car accident lawyers in Las Vegas, and get the reparations your teen deserves for their injuries and damages, if any. Some car accidents will not require any court action. However, if your teen was injured at all, do not waste any time and contact a trusted lawyer today.

It can be very scary to learn that your child has been in a car accident. Unfortunately, these events do occur rather frequently. However, it is crucial to know that there are steps you can take to help your child in these circumstances. The most important thing to remember is to take a deep breath. Accidents happen every day. However, if you are your teen are prepared to handle these accidents, you will be all set for the future.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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