According to KCCI, a tragic auto wreck on Highway 34 resulted in the death of a 15-year-old girl earlier this month. The incident happened on a Thursday at around 8:10 a.m. and involved three vehicles.
Investigators determined that the teen rear-ended a car that had been yielding to traffic before turning into a residence near Osceola. After the initial impact, an oncoming tractor-trailer struck the teen’s vehicle. Responders pronounced her dead at the scene.
If you sustained injuries or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle collision, your family may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and benefits, emotional distress, and other damages. To determine if you have grounds for a claim, turn to Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, PLC.
Our clients appreciate the knowledge and commitment we bring to their cases, as well as our willingness to work closely with them, keeping them fully informed every step of the way. Call 319-393-1020 to schedule a free consultation with an injury lawyer in Cedar Rapids.
How to Help Your Teens Avoid Car Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States. This is partially due to the fact that teens are young, healthy, and unlikely to die from other causes and partially due to the fact that new drivers are not as skilled at avoiding hazards as older, more experienced motorists.
It is natural for parents to have mixed emotions about teaching their teens how to drive. Watching them get their license and gain the independence that comes with it is both scary and exciting.
If you’re concerned about your teen’s safety while behind the wheel, you can:
- Set a Good Example
At the end of the day, your kids are never too old to learn from you. PennyGeeks recommends that you teach your teen about safe driving habits by practicing them yourself. This includes buckling up, eliminating distractions, and always traveling at a speed that is safe for the current conditions.
- Hit the Road Together Often
Teaching kids how to drive may be stressful, but the more practice they get, the safer they will be when they finally venture out alone. If you don’t have the time—or the patience—to take your teen out frequently, enroll him or her in a defensive driving course.
- Pick Your Battles
In a perfect world, teens would not drink until turning 21. In reality, though, many of them participate in underage drinking at some point.
Let your teen know that while you do not approve of underage drinking, you have zero tolerance for driving while impaired. Try to devise some kind of arrangement where if he or she calls after drinking, you will provide transportation without judgment. At the end of the day, your teen needs to know that getting home safely is more important than hiding any underage drinking.
Unfortunately, even if everyone in your family practices safe driving habits, you cannot rely on other motorists to do the same. If you were hurt in a collision with a reckless driver, contact Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, PLC today.