If your teenage child has recently been involved in a car accident, it’s likely that your life has been under a great deal of stress lately. While your first thoughts will turn to the safety of your child, you’ll also be worried about how they will be able to pay expenses such as medical bills and car repair bills, as well as being concerned about whether they will be held liable for the causation of the collision.
There are many ways to help your teenage child navigate different aspects of the aftermath of a car accident. The following are some specific ways that you can help them to get through this challenging time.
Prioritize their physical and emotional well-being
As your first instincts tell you, it is a good idea to prioritize making sure that your child is physically and mentally well. Even if they believe that they are completely unhurt after the accident, they should always be checked by a medical professional as soon as possible. The psychological effects of a car accident should never be underestimated either – it’s common for those involved in car accidents to experience anxiety or depression in the weeks and months after.
Help them to understand liability in their situation
If your teen was involved in a collision when they were driving the family car, it will be the official owner of the car who will be held liable. In other words, if you are the owner of the car your teen was driving and they are found to be at fault for the collision, it may be you who is held liable for
Help them to gain the damages they deserve
If your child has their own car and a comprehensive insurance policy, they should be able to gain back all damages.
If your child has recently been, it is important that you take swift action to understand how the law will apply to their situation.