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Don't go light on a teen who causes a car crash: Be firm

Teenagers are in a precarious position. They're excited to get their licenses, but they also have to be extremely careful not to collide with others. They're essentially learning to drive by doing, which means that any mistakes they make, while a result of inexperience, can still lead to injuries.

That's why you felt terrible asking the police to hold a teen responsible for injuring your child. You were angry, but you also understand that the young person is an inexperienced driver. Now, you just want to get the compensation you need for your child while making sure the teen is educated in better driving techniques.

After a crash with a child, stand your ground

When the driver was a teen, it's important not to go lightly on them just because of that fact. Teen drivers are expected to obey traffic laws in the same way as other drivers. If they cause a collision, they should face the penalties that any other person would face.

There are many factors that play a role in how a teen might be penalized for causing a crash. For instance, if the teen was not distracted and simply made a mistake, that is much different than if the teen was drinking and driving.

When you, the victim or the victim's parent, make a claim, knowing the cause of the crash is important. In fact, if drugs, alcohol or distractions played a role in the collision, you may have a better case for getting a higher amount of compensation from the teen's insurance carrier.

Report the incident as soon as possible

While you may feel sympathetic to the teen (after all, you're a parent and have a child, too) It's best to let the police and insurance company handle the details.

If you feel that you will be unable to argue for what you need because of the driver's age, it's appropriate to have your attorney do that on your behalf. Like with any other car crash, you have an entitlement to compensation for any injuries your child suffered as well as for missed days of work, travel expenses and other damages.

After an accident, you need to make sure you get what you need to pay for your child's medical expenses, now and in the future. Be certain the other driver is held responsible in an appropriate manner.

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