Our team at Cok Kinzler PLLP knows that your children’s safety is one of your top priorities. When teenagers in Montana ask for the car keys, your protective alarm may start sounding loudly, and rightfully so. There are steps you can take to ensure your child is as safe as possible on the road.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that in 2013, six teenagers died every day as a result of a motor vehicle accident. The factors that increase the risk of an accident or injury include the following:
- Driver inexperience
- A teen driver who is transporting teenage passengers
- Drunk driving
- Lack of seat belt use
Recent findings from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety also state that distracted driving was involved in 58 percent of all teen driver accidents that were moderate to severe.
Each of these factors can be properly addressed and even removed. As a parent, you are tasked with the job of teaching your teenager responsible driving. Fortunately, Montana has a graduated driver’s license program in place to help young motorists develop the skills they need to safely navigate the road.
Additionally, you need to speak with your teen about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving. Distractions include cellphone use, grooming, eating and interacting with fellow passengers. Essentially, anything that takes the driver’s focus off driving is a very real threat.
Unfortunately, fatal car accidents continue to occur, taking the lives of people of all ages. If you have lost a loved one as the result of someone else’s negligence, you do have the right to file a claim seeking damages. For more information regarding this topic, please visit our page on deaths due to negligence.