Every parent is nervous when they hand over the keys to a new teenage driver. Parents know that teenage drivers are inexperienced and do not always appreciate risks as well as adults. Teens may engage in risky behaviors behind the wheel—and not know what to do when they start to lose control of a car.
Not only should parents consider the dangers of their children driving, but also the risks when their teenagers ride in a car with a friend who is a relatively new driver. Probationary licenses in Indiana have passenger restrictions for a reason, and many accidents take place when young friends ride in the car together.
A recent accident in Randolph County, Indiana, demonstrates these serious risks. According to news reports, a 16-year-old boy was driving at a “high rate of speed” in icy conditions with a 16-year-old friend in the car. The young driver lost control and ultimately crashed into two trees. The teen driver tragically died and an ambulance took the passenger to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.
The above loss of the teen driver is tragic—and a teaching moment for parents to know what to do if their own child is injured as a passenger. An injured auto passenger can sustain serious injuries that result in extensive medical bills and long-lasting complications. Parents of injured teens should know they have rights if another teen driver was responsible for causing a crash due to negligent or reckless behavior.
Bringing a Legal Claim
Teen drivers are generally covered by their parents’ auto insurance. Therefore, if a young driver is at fault in an accident, any injured parties can file a claim with the insurance company of the teen driver’s parents. This includes passengers, so the parents of an injured passenger have the right to file a claim with the insurance company of the teen driver’s parents.
Often, this can seem like a delicate situation, especially if the teen driver was also injured. That family is dealing with the aftermath of the accident just like you. However, your child deserves to be fairly compensated. This is especially true because significant losses from any car accident injuries can include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- The teen’s pain and suffering
- Any permanent disabilities or disfigurement
This situation can feel extremely personal, especially if you know the other family well or if the teens are good friends. Seek help from an attorney, like Merry Fountain, who understands how to handle these delicate matters while still standing up for your rights.
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