As we recently reported on our Boston Car Accident Lawyer Blog, teenagers face some of the highest risks for accidents on our roadways.
Teens are behind the wheel with minimal driving experience. That’s why the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is offering parents a guide to help teach their teenagers safe and effective driving habits. The new guide, “The Parent’s Supervised Driving Guide,” will be given to teens once they get their hands on an learner’s license. The guide is aiming to help reduce the risks of car accidents in Massachusetts.
Our Boston car accident lawyers have gone through the same thing that other Massachusetts parents are going through. It’s about teaching your teen beneficial driving habits to help to ensure their safety behind the wheel. With higher accident rates, parents need to focus attention on their young drivers to help give them the skills they need to last a lifetime. Without the proper education, training and practice, fatal teen car accidents result.
Take the recent car accident in New Bedford for example. On Route 140, a popular high school student and athlete was killed. The car accident happened on Route 140 as the 17-year-old student and some of his buddies made their way to school. The star athlete was killed, the teenage driver of the car and a passenger were treated for injuries at the hospital, according to the Boston Globe.
The student who was killed in the accident attended the Greater New Bedford Vocational-Technical High School where he was captain of both the baseball and the football team. He also ran track. He was enrolled in the school’s plumbing program and had plans to pursue a business management degree at American International College. All of those dreams are now lost.
Officers report that the star student was in the back seat of the vehicle when the accident occurred. The cause of the crash is still being investigated.
In the state of Massachusetts, there are passenger restrictions to help keep our younger teenage drivers safe at the wheel. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, drivers are eligible for a learner’s permit once they turn 16. Once they’ve graduated to an intermediate driver’s license, they’re allowed to drive without a licensed passenger over the age of 21. However, these young drivers are not allowed to have any passengers under the age of 18 during their first 6 months of this driving stage.
When a driver turns 17, their passenger restrictions are lifted. When a driver turns 18, their nighttime driving restrictions are lifted. Parents are urged to stay involved in their child’s driving career long after they’ve received their unrestricted driver’s license. Parent involvement can help to shape our young ones into safe and effective drivers.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident in Boston or anywhere in Massachusetts, contact Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyer Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call (617) 777-7777.
More Blog Entries:
Deadly Weekend for Car Accidents in Massachusetts, Boston Car Accident Lawyer Blog, February 12, 2012