Teen drivers are statistically more likely to get into accidents than other motorists traveling on Illinois highways. However, there are steps that parents can take to help their children develop into safe drivers. For example, adults are encouraged to model good behavior such as always wearing a safety belt when driving. It’s also a good idea to teach your son or daughter about the dangers of impaired driving.
Don’t engage in distracted driving
If your teen sees you using a cellphone while driving, he or she is likely to do so as well. Therefore, it’s important that you put your phone away whenever your car is in motion. Alternatively, you can have your child answer the phone, send a text or get directions on your behalf.
Your teen doesn’t need to give everyone a ride
It may be a good idea to prohibit the young driver in your family from having passengers in his or her vehicle. This is because passengers can be a distraction that your son or daughter doesn’t have enough experience to handle. In Illinois, it is illegal for someone under the age of 18 to transport more than one passenger who isn’t a family member at any given time. If you are injured in an accident caused by a distracted motorist, it may be worthwhile to hire an MVA professional.
Don’t let your teen drive while under the influence
Motorists who are under the age of 21 may be charged with DUI if their blood alcohol content is .02% or higher. If they are convicted of such a charge, they could lose their driving privileges for several months or years.
If you are hurt in a car crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. A financial award may pay medical bills, help you recoup lost wages or make it easier to replace items that were damaged in the crash. An attorney may represent your interests during a personal injury trial if the matter isn’t resolved through private talks.