Protecting Teenagers is a Full-Time Job – Simple safety strategies help your child avoid injury
For many people, becoming a parent is the most rewarding experience of their lives. While parenthood is an enjoyable and heart-filling experience, it can also be frightening and worrisome. As children begin to gain independence and reach major milestones, the chances of a painful injury are greater than ever before. Protecting young children and teens from unnecessary pain is likely the most important goal in any parent’s life.
For parents, there are a wide range of simple, yet effective, safety strategies that can be used to reduce the chances of an accident or injury. By exploring these strategies, you may just gain some peace of mind in knowing that your child is as safe as possible.
Key safety tips for teen drivers
Parents of teen drivers have a significant responsibility to take steps to ensure the child is prepared to take the wheel and has safe driving habits. To help protect your teen driver, be sure to:
- Set a strong example of proper driving behaviors – Be sure to avoid texting while driving and other unsafe habits at all times, but especially while your child is watching and learning.
- Emphasize the importance of focus while behind the wheel – Distracted driving is far more common among teen drivers than any other demographic
- Teach them responsibility – emphasize the fact that driving is a privilege that requires a good deal of responsibility.
- Know their friends – Teen drivers are likely to be passengers of other teen drivers, making it important to know their friends.
- Preach the dangers of impaired driving – Alcohol and drugs are significant temptations to teens, making it important to address the dangers of these substances and their impact on a driver’s abilities.
- Stick to your guns – Should your teen driver violate your rules, or the law, take the proper corrective action to teach them the dangers of ignoring the rules.
- Empower them to voice their concerns – Be sure that your child isn’t afraid to voice their concerns to friends while driving or as a passenger.
Taking these steps will not only make your child a better driver, but will also improve their safety while riding in friends’ cars.
Take steps to keep your children as safe as possible
As a parent, it is important to take steps to keep your children as safe as possible, whether while driving or while they are playing around the house or neighborhood. Fortunately, there are many relatively simple steps you can take to improve your child’s safety, including:
- Insisting on proper seat belt use
- Providing the proper safety car seat or booster
- Dressing them in reflective or high visibility clothing when riding bikes or walking along the roadway, especially in low light hours or foggy weather
- Providing a helmet and other safety gear for children riding bikes, skateboarding or playing in any contact sport
- Teaching your children to look both ways before crossing the street, and emphasizing the importance of adhering to pedestrian safety signage and lights
- Creating emergency contact procedures in case your child is ever in an accident – be sure parents of friends have your contact information and know what to do in the event of an emergency
- Emphasizing the importance of safety for themselves and their friends
- Supervising whenever your children are using potentially dangerous toys or equipment such as trampolines
Short of wrapping your child in bubble wrap and locking them in a padded room, these strategies may provide the utmost safety for your children. In short, by taking these simple steps, you may help to prevent your child from suffering injuries in an avoidable accident.
Take action if your child is injured in an avoidable accident
Despite your best efforts, your child is likely to experience a bruise or two throughout their childhood. While this is to be expected, more serious injuries resulting from avoidable accidents should never be tolerated, especially if another party’s negligence led to your child’s pain.
If your child has been injured in any type of accident that was another party’s fault, you have the right to pursue compensation for the costs of the injury, including medical care and other losses. At McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC, our Philadelphia accident lawyers leverage decades of combined experience to help parents seek justice for their children’s injuries.
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