MIAMI, Fla – When you give your teenager the keys to the family vehicle, you worry that they will be safe. You hope that they have paid attention when learning the rules of the road, and you hope that they will return home unharmed.
What you rarely consider is that your teen will cause someone else harm.
That is what happened Friday when an inexperienced 16-year-old driver drove through a crosswalk, failing to yield for a pedestrian, sending that pedestrian to the hospital.
The driver who remains unidentified due to age, drove through a crosswalk near Albenga Avenue and San Amaro Drive just after 3 p.m. Friday afternoon. The driver struck 20-year-old Matthew Wisehaupt, a student at University of Miami.
The 2015 gray Audi struck Wisehaupt with enough force that the man was rushed to the hospital from the scene. Wisehaupt’s injuries were reported to be non-life threatening. The teen driver remained on the scene and cooperated with responding officers.
Teach Teens About Distracted Driving
While no information has been reported as to the cause of the accident, not seeing a person in a crosswalk can very well be due to distracted driving. Before you let your teenage driver take control of the wheel, make sure that you lay down some ground rules.
It is recommended that new drivers do not transport groups of friends in the car. Even if your teen driver is focused on the road, the conversation going on in the car can be distracting enough to cause your teen to make mistakes. Do not let your child drive a vehicle containing more than a single friend.
If your teen has a cell phone, install a parental block on that phone and activate it before your child gets in the car. Do not assume that telling your child not to text and drive is enough. There are several apps that you can install that will allow you to control the way that your teen’s phone responds to alerts for text messages and emails.
Doing anything but driving when in the vehicle can be distracting. This includes eating, drinking, applying makeup, and even reaching for something on the passenger seat or in the glovebox. Teach your teen that the only thing they should be doing while driving is driving.
Do not expect your teen to do what you say and not what you do. Lead by example. Distracted driving should be avoided at all times, but especially when your teen is in the car with you.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car collision due to someone’s distracted driving, contact our offices immediately. We are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.