Handing the keys over to a newly licensed teen can be a reluctant moment in a parent’s life. While parents hope their teenage children are responsible enough to handle operating a motor vehicle, the statistics show that no matter how responsible a teen may be for their age, the lack of experience behind a wheel and the responsibilities that come with it can prove to be too much. Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among teens aged from 15-20. When teen drivers have other passengers in the car, the risk of being involved in a fatal accident is doubled. Not to mention that due to the proliferation of constant cell phone use and social media use, 32.8 percent of teens have reported texting or checking their phones while driving. Fortunately for parents, leading American automobile manufacturers have developed technology that can help prevent teens from being involved in automobile accidents.
Ford’s “My Key” — this new technology developed by Ford Motor Company can help limit teens from being distracted while behind the wheel. Its features include limiting the volume of the vehicle’s audio system, prohibiting the driver from using the audio system until their seatbelt is buckled, and setting a maximum speed for the car, not allowing it to go over the set speed. In order to use “My Key,” the car needs to be equipped with “MyFord Touch” communication and entertainment system.
General Motors “Family Link” — GM’s technology works differently than Ford’s. With “Family Link,” it can track the vehicle’s location and send text messages to parent’s if the teenager is travelling outside of a predetermined and programmed boundary. If you want to know the exact location of the car, you can visit the system’s website. “Family Link” is an extension to OnStar’s emergency and navigation system, and is available for families to use for $3.99 a month.
For those of you whose teens do not drive Ford or GM vehicles, there is another product in development that can help with vehicle safety. Truvolo is a plug-in device that checks the maintenance and for mechanical problems in the car every time the car is started. It also has built in censors that can alert parents if their teen is driving erratically, such as sudden swerving, slamming on the brakes, or rapidly accelerating.
The last phone call a parent wants to receive is one notifying them that their child has been involved in an automobile accident. Proper education, practice, and technology can help prepare the teen driver for the road, but it cannot prevent them from the other negligent automobiles on America’s highways.
If you or a loved has been a victim in an automobile accident, and suffered serious injuries such as traumatic brain injury, neck or spinal injury, broken limbs, or severe wounds and scarring, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages suffered. Our experienced automobile accident attorneys at Dolman Law Group will zealously fight to hold the negligent responsible and get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 727-451-6900 or contact us via our online contact form for a free and confidential consultation on your case.
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