Teens between the ages of 16 and 19 are almost three times more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash than drivers over the age of 20. And every year, more than 220,000 teens in that same age group suffer injuries in car accidents.
When your child is in an auto accident, it can feel like your whole world is turned upside down. Below, we will explain four simple actions you can take to help them — and help your family’s personal injury case if you choose to pursue one later.
1. Remain Calm After the Crash
Whether you’re with your teen when the crash happens or you’re getting a phone call afterward, it is important to stay calm. Being in a car wreck is a traumatic experience for everyone. You can help your teen through this difficult time by providing a calming influence and giving them explicit instructions to focus on.
2. Call 911 or Have Your Teen Call 911
When people get hurt in a crash, prompt medical attention is crucial. Even if injuries seem minor, EMTs can evaluate your teen’s condition at the scene and make informed recommendations about further diagnosis or treatment.
“Not all injuries in car accidents are physical or even visible to the naked eye.”
Not all injuries in car accidents are physical or even visible to the naked eye. Brain injury victims, for example, may at first show no outward signs of injury or trauma. This is one of the many reasons why getting professional medical attention is always the best course of action after a collision. Later, the documents and medical bills related to your post-crash treatment will be important if your family chooses to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Law enforcement will also be a huge help after a car accident. They can direct traffic to keep the area safe, analyze the scene, take statements, create a crash report, and much more. Again, the documentation they provide will be invaluable if you choose to file a personal injury lawsuit after your teen’s crash.
3. Document Evidence Related to the Collision
If it is safe and feasible to do so, you or your teen should document evidence while waiting for law enforcement to arrive or even after they arrive. Below are some suggestions.
- Get the other driver’s contact and insurance information. However, do not talk about the crash. The police can take a statement, and you do not want to say anything that might hurt your case later.
- Take pictures of the scene. Document the damage to the vehicles involved and any other evidence that might be relevant, such as the weather conditions, skid marks on the pavement, or debris.
- Take down the contact information of any witnesses to the vehicle crash. Witnesses can become difficult to track down if you don’t get their information right away.
- Write down or record how the crash happened in your own words. You might not be able to provide a very detailed account, but try to remember as much as you can and get it down on paper or recorded on your phone.
“Document the damage to the vehicles involved and any other evidence that might be relevant, such as the weather conditions, skid marks on the pavement, or debris. “
Much like the medical documents and police reports, this evidence will ultimately help you if your family decides to take legal action after your teen is involved in a crash.
4. Call Crosley Law Firm Right Away — We Advocate for Texas Car Accident Victims
If your teen has been hurt in a Texas car crash and someone else was at fault, make sure your child gets immediate medical attention and then contact Crosley Law Firm right away. We have handled hundreds of car accident cases, and we offer free consultations so you can get answers to your questions and receive candid advice about your legal options. By working with Crosley Law Firm and filing a personal injury claim, your family may be able to get compensation for your teen’s medical bills, future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017, October 17). Teen drivers: Get the facts. CDC. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/teen_drivers/teendrivers_factsheet.html
The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.
Related ArticlesView All Blog Articles
How to Talk to a Telehealth Doctor About Your Car Accident InjuriesNov 25, 2020
As Texas grapples with COVID-19, many of us are wondering whether we should go to the doctor. Whether you’re worried about exposure to the coronavirus or using up valuable medical resources, we understand your concern. However, if you have injuries from a car accident, you must get the medical care you desperately need. People are […]
Whiplash vs. Concussion: What’s the Difference?Nov 18, 2020
Concussions and whiplash are two of the most common injuries during a car accident. Many of the symptoms of the two conditions overlap, including headache, neck pain, and concentration and memory problems. Since these injuries can appear similar, how do you get a clear diagnosis and the treatment you need? At Crosley Law, we’ve handled […]
Why Is Drowsy Driving So Dangerous?Nov 04, 2020
Drowsy driving is one of the most common (and underreported) causes of car accidents. While many of us understand the dangers of drunk or distracted driving, we don’t realize that fatigue and drowsiness carry a similar risk level. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, one out of ten car crashes involves a tired […]
How to Claim Lost Wages and Income From a Car AccidentAug 27, 2020
In a split second, a car accident can turn your whole life upside down. Not only do you have to deal with a wrecked car, but you may also have to deal with serious physical and emotional injuries. The after-effects of the crash may even prevent you from working and earning a wage. If you […]
What Happens if You Get In an Accident With a Delivery Driver?Jul 28, 2020
If your neighborhood is like ours, you probably see a daily stream of delivery trucks and drivers pass by. Due to COVID-19, more and more people are ordering items and food online; the number of delivery drivers on San Antonio’s roads has skyrocketed to meet our demand. More delivery drivers and tight deadlines are a […]
What Is the Eggshell Skull Rule?Jun 30, 2020
Imagine driving down the road on a beautiful sunny day with not a cloud in the sky. You bring your car to a stop at a red light. Then, out of nowhere, you feel a sudden impact from the rear of your vehicle. You’ve been rear-ended. Luckily, the seatbelt lock engaged and held you in […]
How to Protect Your Child After a Serious Car AccidentJun 23, 2020
Car crashes remain one of the top causes of serious childhood injuries and deaths. Tragically, Texas consistently has one of the highest childhood car wreck fatality rates in the country. In 2018 alone, 172 kids under the age of 18 died in car crashes in our state. At Crosley Law, our hearts break every time […]
A Crash Victim’s Guide to Personal Injury MediationJun 10, 2020
While most personal injury claims eventually settle, the process is rarely simple. During your claim, your car accident lawyers will negotiate with the insurance companies, demanding fair compensation for your injuries. However, these negotiations can sometimes stall because the insurer is being unreasonable. When this happens, the experienced injury lawyers at Crosley Law often recommend […]
Can You Tear Your Rotator Cuff in a Car Accident?Jun 02, 2020
Shoulder injuries such as rotator cuff tears are common during car crashes. These injuries often take a long time to heal, and they may require intense physical therapy, medications, time off work, and even surgery. If you suffered a severe shoulder injury, we know you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. Our car […]
Insurance Settlement FAQsMay 26, 2020
When our personal injury lawyers meet with crash survivors and other victims of negligence, most of them have questions about insurance settlements. It’s no surprise that people are curious about the negotiation process and settlement values. After a crash, most victims want to rebuild and gain closure, and a settlement often represents the end of […]
Do you or a family member
need legal advice?
Crosley Law Firm, PC is a professional corporation of trial lawyers focused on representing individuals and families who have suffered serious personal injuries or wrongful death. If you’ve been injured, fill out the form for a free consultation, or call 210-LAW-3000.