Most parents in Mississippi want what’s best for their children. In order to achieve this goal, it’s sometimes necessary to reinforce the importance of taking proper precautions, especially while driving. A good time to start such conversations is when teens are likely to be behind the wheel more often. For many teens, this comes right after high school graduation when they head off into the real world.

One way for parents to discuss driving hazards is to emphasize the “dangerous D’s” — driving while drugged, distracted or drowsy. Parents may be able to prevent accidents by encouraging their teens to call for rides if they’re in a car with someone who is under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

Young drivers are also four times more prone to be involved in a crash when a friend is in the car with them. This potential problem may be reduced if parents encourage teens to be good passengers by not being disruptive to drivers. Lastly, teens shouldn’t overlook the dangers of driving while not properly rested. A motorist can travel the length of a football field during a brief period of nodding off (micro-sleep) for just four to five seconds.

A motorist who has been hurt in a wreck caused by a negligent driver may want to reach out to the office of George B. Ready. It’s also possible for a lawyer to pursue appropriate legal action if a passenger was injured due to the negligence on the part of a teen who was driving. A victim may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and related costs along with pain and suffering.