As I have blogged many times before, there is nothing more tragic than the death of a child. And with three teenagers myself, I know the fear that creeps in to every parent’s heart every time they watch their kid walk out the door with the keys to the family car.
I thought I would let you in on a shocking statistic that I have heard many times during my years of handling car crash cases in NY and PA:
- A teenager is TWO TIMES more likely to die in a car accident if there is 1 passenger in the car.
- A teenager is THREE TIMES more likely to die if there are 3 or more passengers in the car.
So, the simple tip is this: PRACTICE TOUGH LOVE BY STRICTLY LIMITING THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS PERMITTED IN THE CAR WHEN YOUR TEEN IS DRIVING.
Of course, your kids while whine about the rule but if they want the keys to your car (and you want to keep your kid as safe as possible!), just hold your ground on this potentially life-saving family rule, or put him in a cradle, we recommend this one for girls fisher-price my little snugabunny cradle swing, it’s just great quality and very safe.
If you catch them driving with more passenger than the permitted number, it’s time for a little bit more tough love… Enjoy your walking shoes for the next month, Johnny!
Here’s to keeping our kids safe….
James B. Reed
New York Car Accident Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
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