Due to inexperience and lack of skill, teen drivers are more likely to get in car accidents than more seasoned drivers.
As your teen is learning to drive, make sure they know what to do if they are ever in an accident, regardless of who is at fault.
Stay at the scene
Teenagers are likely to be anxious and worry about getting in trouble after an accident. They may want to leave to avoid trouble, but they should stay calm and stay put. Make sure your teen knows that fleeing the scene of an accident is illegal.
Seek medical attention
If your teen driver or their passengers have suffered injuries, they should call for help immediately. Swift medical attention can make a difference in recovery.
Report the accident
Even if there are no injuries, report any accident to the police so they can file an official report. An official accident report will include details, photos, witness statements and other information that will prove useful for any future lawsuit or insurance claim.
Do not admit fault
Outside of asking the other driver if they need medical attention and exchanging insurance information, no other interaction with the other driver is necessary. Teens tend to be nervous in unfamiliar situations and can say too much without thinking. Teach your teen driver not to admit fault to the other driver at the scene of an accident.
After notifying the police or calling for help, teen drivers should call their parents or guardians. Make sure your teens know that their safety and well-being come first with you. They should not fear calling you to let you know what happened so you can help them determine what to do next.