The month of May typically sees increases in car accidents among 16- and 17-year-olds, as more teens hit the road to enjoy prom, graduation parties, and other activities, according to a recent report from Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance. If your teen will be driving or riding along with friends this month, here are a few ways to help keep him or her safer on the way:
- Give your teen plenty of chances to practice driving with an adult in the car, especially at night. Learning to drive with supervision gives your teen needed experience that driver education courses don’t always provide.
- Know your state’s laws regarding young drivers. For instance, Michigan limits the time of day at which holders of MI graduated licenses may legally drive, prohibiting driving between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. in most circumstances. Make these laws the basis for the rules you set on driving in your own family.
- Limit the number of passengers your teen can carry. According to Kentucky Farm Bureau, 60 percent of teens who lose their lives in car accidents were riding with a teenage driver. Riding or driving with friends is fun, but it also poses serious risks.
- Prohibit cell phone calls or texting behind the wheel. Teens should pull over and stop the car before using their phones.
Teen drivers’ inexperience may increase their risk for accidents, but severe injury or death can occur in a car accident no matter what a person’s age is. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a crash, the experienced Southfield car accident attorneys at Lipton Law can help. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.
A two-car crash at Pinewood and Hoover on Detroit’s East Side recently left a two-year-old boy dead and an eight-year-old girl in critical condition, according to a recent news report from My Fox Detroit.
The two children were riding in the family car with their mother when it was hit by another vehicle. That vehicle’s driver, a 62-year-old Detroit-area resident, is being held by police on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Police have not released details on the crash, but say that they suspect the older driver was driving drunk when the accident occurred.
The two-year-old lost his life in the crash. The eight-year-old suffered a broken neck and serious brain injuries and is currently in critical condition at a Detroit hospital. The hospital has not released any updates on her condition, but says that swelling in her brain is a serious concern.
According to at least one preliminary police report, it appears that neither of the children was secured in a child safety seat at the time of the crash. Michigan law requires children under 4 to ride in safety seats and children up to age 8 or four feet, nine inches tall to ride in booster seats. There is no word on whether the children were wearing seat belts when the accident occurred.
A serious accident can change the life of a family in an instant. At Lipton Law, our experienced Southfield car accident attorneys are dedicated to helping families through every step of the post-accident process, from dealing with the insurance companies to seeking compensation from anyone whose negligence may have caused injury. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential discussion of your options after a crash.