October 18-24 is National Teen Driver Safety Week. Did you know that auto accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers? Despite this risk, it’s important for teens to learn to drive—and it’s up to their parents to help them develop safe driving habits.
But sometimes, even the safest teens are involved in serious crashes. That’s because other drivers aren’t always safety-conscious. In addition, teens often lack the experience and knowledge to avoid crashes, making them more likely to be struck and injured by negligent drivers.
What happens if your teen is hurt in a crash? Can you file a compensation claim for their injuries? Yes, and here’s how:
- Ensure your child gets immediate medical attention—This step is a no-brainer for most parents, but it’s important even if your child’s injuries don’t initially seem serious. It’s important to treat them early and document the fact that your child was hurt in the crash.
- Report the crash to your insurance company—Auto insurance companies require notification of crashes soon after they happen—often with 48 hours or less. And because your teen is likely covered under your policy, you need to report it to them right away.
- Call a Nashville auto accident lawyer—The process of getting compensation for your child’s injuries can vary, as can how much money you’re entitled to receive. The sooner you call a lawyer who can collect evidence and build a claim, the better.