When it comes to traffic accidents, statistics play a very important role. They can draw attention to patterns and help lawmakers and enforcement officers put regulations in place that decrease the risk of future accidents. However, statistics only tell part of the story.
A car accident can change your life forever
Jacob Smith was a teenager when his school vehicle was struck by an impaired driver as he was heading home from a leadership conference. That accident left him so badly injured that doctors told him he might never walk again. After a long and arduous recovery process, Jacob is now an advocate for safer driving practices. Though he is back to full health, he still feels the effects of the accident, four years later. "I am a prime example," Jacob said, "of someone who has to live with life-long results of someone else not driving safely for themselves and others on the road."
He ends his blog with this message; "Remember: the lessons you share with your teen will do more than protect him or her, they will help keep everyone else on the roads safe."
A rite with responsibility
Parents, before you allow your teen to get behind the wheel of a car, share stories like this one. Impart to them the risk and the very real consequences of driving while impaired or distracted. Getting a driver's license is a wonderful rite of passage for most teenagers, but with it comes a level of responsibility that can be hard to fully comprehend. It only takes one moment. One mistake. One text. One drink. One distraction can cause an accident that will irrevocably alter the course of their lives.
The Florida car accident lawyers at Gonzalez & Cartwright know that the sense of freedom that comes with the ability to get to and from school or other commitments is a big step toward adulthood. Before they start driving, your teen must display sound judgment and the ability to make decisions quickly. If your teen is not yet ready for all that driving entails, they can wait. It's better to delay a driving test than get behind the wheel before being prepared for the responsibility.
Talk to your teen about what to do if they or their friends start drinking and try to drive. They should also be made aware of the dangers of texting and driving, and even of having too many people and distractions in the car. Talk to your teen about distracted driving before it's too late.
If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident, contact Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., today.