In the first part of this two-part series, we talked about the steps that you could take to protect your young child form serious accident injuries. Specifically, we discussed ten tips for keeping your child safe from infancy through age eight. While some of those tips may apply to your older children, some will not be relevant as your child reaches adolescence. Yet, your interest in protecting your child from serious injuries has not changed. Accordingly, it is important to know what to do to keep your child safe and what to do if your child has already been hurt in a Virginia car accident.

Keeping Older Children Safe

Obviously, there is a big difference between a child who is nine years old and a young adult who is about to turn 18. However, during this transition from childhood to adulthood, it is important to:

  • Treat your child as an individual. In other words, make sure that he is big enough to be physically safe in the front seat should an airbag deploy, and make sure that she is mature enough to get her driver’s license.
  • Enforce rules. Show your child that you make safe driving a priority and do not permit roughhousing or distractions while you or your child are driving.
  • Practice with your child. Don’t leave all of the driving education to a driver’s education course. Instead, make sure that you train your child to drive the way that you want your child to drive.

Unfortunately, no matter how old your child is or how well your child listens to your rules and guidance, accidents may occur when another driver is negligent.

Call a Gainesville Car Accident Lawyer if Your Child Has Been Hurt

If your child has been injured by another driver’s negligence, then your child may have the right to make a legal recovery. For more information about this potential recovery, please call an experienced Gainesville auto accident attorney today at 540-341-007 or 888-907-2631 for a free consultation.

Andrew Thomas
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