Last night I received the call all parents of driving teens dread. My ds16 was in his first car accident. He wasn't driving, technically NOBODY was driving. 4 teen boys were trying to 'pop' start a truck, that was in the driveway. My ds(T), was in the passenger seat, his friend D was in the middle and J was laying across their laps. They were waiting for A to pull over another vehicle to jump the truck. The truck started to roll, J was able to jump out. The truck continued to roll down the hill where it veered and missed one tree but slammed into another. Ds tried to keep his head down below the dash, but there wasn't enough time. His friend D tried to apply the brakes, he didn't have enough time either. My son's head went through the windshield, there's a hole in it, the size of his head. At the hospital they did CT scans, thankfully no concussion, no broken bones, not even stitches. D has a scrape on his forehead and banged his collarbone and knee. My ds bit a piece of his tongue off, gashes in his nose and eyes. Numerous cuts and scrapes on his face. Banged up his elbow.
When I got to the hospital I didn't know whether to throttle him or hug him!
There was a lot of talk about how they weren't 'screwing around.' But I disagree. They had no adult supervision, using an unorthodox method to start a vehicle. They did NOT have seatbelts on. And they were NOT sitting properly in the vehicle.
I am so happy they are all okay. But, should I punish him for not taking the necessary precautions? We talked about no texting while driving, no drugs/alcohol, and even seatbelt rules, before he started driving. He knows our expectations. Should I take his injuries as a lesson learned or something more?
on Jan. 22, 2013 at 11:40 AM