In a news release, State Farm announced that they will award a new car to the family they deem makes teen driver safety their highest priority.
This giveaway is designed to raise awareness among parents of the important role they play in the instruction of their teen drivers and is part of a larger campaign to reduce teen accidents on the road.
Lending his celebrity to the cause, Ralph Macchio, of Karate Kid and the Outsiders fame, and also the parent of a teenage driver, is committing himself to educating fellow parents in what they can do to teach their children to become safe, responsible drivers. “I think parents forget how different it is to learn to drive in the year 2011 because so many more distraction, from cell phones to iPods, exist. Parents need to be better equipped to understand the challenges their teens face and teach their teens those safe driving basics. I have two teenage children, and I want to make sure I do everything I can to ensure they’re safe on the road.”
State Farm is providing educational tools for all parents and teens to learn driving safety basics, free of cost on their website. Macchio and his son star in a video series instructing on safe behind-the-wheel practices, and how practice time with a parent present can improve a teens’ understanding of these safety habits.
As a Tacoma car accident lawyer, I’ve seen the widespread problem of teen accidents on our roads and hope that this information will aid in keeping teens safe on the road. If you’ve been injured in an accident that you believe was the result of driver negligence, call a car accident lawyer in your town to learn more about your rights as they apply in the matter.
Media outlets reported that a 19-year-old Camas man was moderately injured in a single-vehicle accident on state Highway 14 Sunday evening.
According to a report from the Washington State Patrol, the 19-year-old driver was traveling eastbound on state Highway 14 when the accident occurred at roughly 6pm. The Washington State Patrol alleged that the man fell asleep at the wheel, causing his 202 Hyundai Accent to veer off of the roadway. The vehicle ran off the right side of the road and continued on through underbrush, until ultimately colliding head-on with a tree. No other vehicles are suspected as being involved with this accident.
The 19-year-old driver sustained moderate injuries in the accident, including two broken femurs and a laceration to his head. The man was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for the treatment of his injuries. As of Monday morning, he was listed in satisfactory condition by hospital staff.
Authorities have not stated whether they believe drugs or alcohol played contributing roles in the accident or whether any citations may be issued.
As an Olympia car accident attorney, I’m relieved that no one was more seriously injured, or killed, in what could have been a potentially deadly accident. I wish this man a speedy recovery from his injuries so that he may more quickly put this incident behind him. If you’ve been injured in an accident that you think was the result of another driver’s negligent actions, it may be in your interests to speak with a car accident lawyer in your area.